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Kongo (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Horror | 1 October 1932 (USA)
This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »

Director:

William J. Cowen (as William Cowen)

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), Chester De Vonde (based upon the play by) (as Chester DeVonde) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Huston ... Flint Rutledge
Lupe Velez ... Tula
Conrad Nagel ... Kingsland
Virginia Bruce ... Ann Whitehall
C. Henry Gordon ... Gregg Whitehall
Mitchell Lewis ... Hogan
Forrester Harvey ... Cookie
Curtis Nero Curtis Nero ... Fuzzy
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This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a living god. He rules the local natives through superstition and stage magic and he rules the few white people through sadism, keeping them virtual prisoners. He lives for the day he can avenge himself horribly on the man who stole his wife and crushed his spine. Strong and macabre stuff in a nearly forgotten horror film. Written by Mark Leeper <mleeper@lucent.com>

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A white man - brutal leader of the world's last stand of the outlaw criminal! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Congo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some sets for this film were also used for Red Dust (1932). See more »

Quotes

Flint: With his heel on my spine, he sneered!
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As gruesome and gritty as it gets!
13 October 2000 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

A white witch doctor rules his personal kingdom without mercy. He terrifies the natives and controls his small group of lost souls with an iron hand. All with one burning goal in mind. This picture has so many stomach churning, heart wrenching elements to it, they are too many to count. Walter Huston plays one of the most sadistic brutes ever portrayed on film. Yet, we find, after all, the brute has a heart. Virginia Bruce, in easily the best role of her career, plays a thoroughly debased victim. Kidnapped by Huston in a twisted plot to punish the man he thinks is her father, she proves that inherent goodness is impossible to destroy. Watching him desperately try is what makes this film so worthwhile. If you get the chance - don't miss it.


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