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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Elisabeth Welch. See more »

Quotes

John 'Johnny' Zinga: Can we have a hut? My wife is tired.
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Soundtracks

The Black Emperor
Music by Eric Ansell
Lyrics by Henrik Ege
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Another great Paul Robeson movie.
26 April 2008 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie is about how sheer chance and pure luck and can lead to fame and fortune. Paul Robeson is wonderful. His singing is comparable to that in the 1936 Show Boat, arguably the greatest musical ever made by Hollywood. Paul Robeson is such a commanding presence in this movie that without him this movie could not be made. Also the story is compelling as a man has a chance to fulfill his dream and in the process learn more about himself and his roots. Anyone who gives any thought to their own roots can relate to this movie. It's about a man's quest for cultural and spiritual fulfillment which this movie mots effectively portrays. Also impressive is Elizabeth Welch who plays Mr. Robeson's wife. A good story, well acted, excellent, inspirational songs, all combined to create a great movie.


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