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Little Black Sambo (1935)

Mammy gives Little Black Sambo a quick scrub on the washboard, then pats him down with baby powder, black baby powder, before sending him off to play. She warns him about the tiger. "That ... See full summary »

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Mammy gives Little Black Sambo a quick scrub on the washboard, then pats him down with baby powder, black baby powder, before sending him off to play. She warns him about the tiger. "That ol' tiger sure do like dark meat!" The family dog has brushed up against a freshly painted fence and now fancies himself to be a scary tiger. Sambo mistakes his dog for the tiger and is chased right up a tree. Then the pair meet a real tiger. Sambo is scared white. They run home and lock themselves in, but the feline sneaks in the back way. Sambo sets a molasses trap for the tiger, then burns him with a red hot frying pan. Mammy and Sambo dance in their delight at ridding themselves of the tiger. Written by David Steele

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6 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Kleiner schwarzer Sambo  »

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Mammy: Now run along and play, honey child, but watch out for that bad old tiger. That old tiger sure do like dark meat.
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Featured in Ethnic Notions (1986) See more »

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Helen Bannerman's Sambo is not African, He is Indian for Petes sake!!!
22 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie but I know more than any of you guys who call the book racist. Well here is a fact for you. Sambo has nothing to do with Africans or Africa. The story is about a brave kid set in India. Helen Bannerman lived in India for 30 years, she doesn't know ABC about Africa. There are Tigers, Mongoose, Elephants, Muggers (you would know they are crocodiles if you are Indian), Mangoes, Ghee, Dhobi (you would know what that means if you are Indian). Where the heck is Africa coming from here. Africa get out of Little Black Sambo please and never again try to own it or use it for racism. These are stories of very brave Indian kids.


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