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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

The film takes place in 1700, 1750, 1800, 1838 and 1936. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Zinga: Oh, John, if we could only do something! Its this waiting, waiting, that I can't stand. And those horrible tom-toms keeping on like that. They make me feel as I want to scream!
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Black Emperor
Music by Eric Ansell
Lyrics by Henrik Ege
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Great 1936 Classic
25 June 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This Hammer Studio, from London, England which is famous for its horror films surprised me with this great film from 1936 starring Paul Robeson, (John Zinga) who works as a London dock worker and sings songs all the time besides having a great bass voice for the opera and is discovered by a great opera director and producer from London, England. John is always wanting to go to Africa where he came from, but he does not know exactly where he was born, but he still remembers a song which he heard when he was very young. One day John happens to sing this song on stage in an opera performance and this song is recognized by an Englishman who tells him where it comes from and also a charm which John wears around his neck which helped determine its origin. John also has a wife and they both visit this Island and try to introduce themselves to these people and that is when the story gets very interesting. Don't miss this great film from the past, it is a gem in the rough. Enjoy


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