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White Cargo (1942)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 12 December 1942 (USA)
The story takes place at a British plantation in Africa where Tondelayo entices all the Brits, especially Harry Witzel.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Ida Vera Simonton (novel), Leon Gordon (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Tondelayo
Walter Pidgeon ... Harry Witzel
Frank Morgan ... The Doctor
Richard Carlson ... Mr. Langford
Reginald Owen ... Skipper of the Congo Queen
Henry O'Neill ... The Reverend Dr. Roberts
Bramwell Fletcher ... Wilbur Ashley
Clyde Cook ... Ted - First Mate of the Congo Queen
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Jim Fish
Oscar Polk ... Umeela
Darby Jones ... Darby - The Doctor's Houseboy
Richard Ainley ... Mr. Worthing
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Storyline

In Africa early in World War II, a British rubber plantation executive reminisces about his arrival in the Congo in 1910. He tells the story of a love-hate triangle involving Harry Witzel, an in-country station superintendent who'd seen it all, Langford, a new manager sent from England for a four-year stint, and Tondelayo, a siren of great beauty who desires silk and baubles. Witzel is gruff and seasoned, certain that Langford won't be able to cut it. Langford responds with determination and anger, attracted to Tondelayo because of her beauty, her wiles, and to get at Witzel. Manipulation, jealousy, revenge, and responsibility play out as alliances within the triangle shift. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

"I am TONDELAYO!" See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mestiça See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 5 November 1923 and had 257 performances. See more »

Goofs

The movie is takes place at a West African British colony along the Congo River. However, the Congo is in Central Africa where there are no British Colonies along the river. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Langford: Why does it annoy you that I don't live like a pig?
Mr. Harry Witzel: You didn't come out here to open a cheese shop! You haven't got what it takes. Go on back home.
Mr. Langford: Hear you say, I told you, you'd quite. I hear you say it everyday and with the same intonation. Its getting on my nerves. I'm fed up with your blasted prophecies. "You'll go native." "You'll go home."
Mr. Harry Witzel: That's where you should go, home. Every native here laughs at you behind your back.
Mr. Langford: A lot of help you've given me!
Mr. Harry Witzel: What do you think I am, a wet nurse...
Mr. Langford:
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Connections

Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Oceana Roll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Lucien Denni
Lyrics by Roger Lewis
Played on a concertina and danced by Clyde Cook
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Delirious but Hugely Entertaining, a Mix of "Lolita" and "Mandingo"
26 January 2000 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

Why wasn't this mentioned in the "Bad Movies We Love" book? Hedy looks great and acts badly, and generally seems to be having the time of her life as a Native Girl interested only in cheap sex and even cheaper jewelry. She seems ecstatic whenever she has a whip in her hand, and delivers her lines with gorgeous pouts and stimulating winks. But beware! She doesn't appear for the first thirty minutes, which we spend listening to White Males bark at each other about how miserable they are. A little bit too much like being at work!


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