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Song of Freedom (1936)

TV-PG | | Drama, Music | 17 March 1947 (Denmark)
A black British dockworker named Johnny Zinga becomes a famous singer and learns that he is the rightful king of the African island of Casanga.

Director:

J. Elder Wills

Writers:

Claude Wallace (story "The Kingdom of Zinga"), Dorothy Holloway (story "The Kingdom of Zinga") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... John 'Johnny' Zinga
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... Ruth Zinga (as Elizabeth Welch)
Esme Percy ... Gabriel Donozetti
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Monty
James Solomon James Solomon ... Native Leader
Tony Wane Tony Wane ... Mandingo (as Ecce Homo Toto)
Ronald Simpson Ronald Simpson ... Mr. Blane, the Pianist
George Mozart George Mozart ... Bert Puddick
Jenny Dean Jenny Dean ... Marian
Joan Fred Emney ... Nell Puddick
Bernard Ansell Bernard Ansell ... Sir James Pyrie (as Bernerd Ansell)
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield
Ambrose Manning Ambrose Manning ... Trader
Arthur Elliott Arthur Elliott ... (as Hon. Arthur Eliot)
Cornelia Smith Cornelia Smith ... Queen Zinga (as Miss C. Smith)
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Storyline

A black British dockworker named Johnny Zinga becomes a famous singer and learns that he is the rightful king of the African island of Casanga.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Robeson In His Most Memorable Role!-Cast of Thousands In $500,000 Epic!

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 March 1947 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção da Liberdade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although this was the third film made by Hammer Film Productions, it is the earliest to survive in its entirety as no copies of The Public Life of Henry the Ninth (1935) are known to exist and 18 minutes of Phantom Ship (1935) are missing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Lonely Road
Music by Eric Ansell
Lyrics by Henrik Ege
Sung by Paul Robeson at the sing song
Reprised by Paul Robeson at the end
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Fairly good film, if not a bit too idealistic.
15 February 2003 | by ilovedolbySee all my reviews

This was a fairly good film dating back to 1936 from Hammer Productions in Britain. Starring Paul Robeson, whose extraordinary vocal talents are properly utilized. It's the story of a African-Briton living in England after slavery has been abolished in the European nation. He works on the docks and his one dream in life to discover his ancestry in Africa. His interest is fueled by a song that he sings often, be it to his wife or during his job on the docks. A song that he never learned, but as he would put it, was always inside of him. His amazing bass singing voice is over-heard by a theater yuppie and he is quickly recruited to the stage appearing in theatrical productions while utilizing his singing talents. After creating a fan following and with the help of some knowledge from a theater-goer, he decides to finally take the trip to Africa to find his "roots." Overall, the film is good, if not a bit too idealistic. But it doesn't harm the film's integrity and Robeson's great talent as both an actor and singer. Seeing how this film is not known well, I would recommend it. It's not a very long picture; it runs just under and hour and twenty minutes. So take some the time, and find this movie. If not for the film, then do it for Robeson's incredible vocal talents.***


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