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Congo Maisie (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 January 1940 (USA)
Brooklyn showgirl Maisie gets stranded in the African jungle with a romantic doctor.


H.C. Potter


Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), Wilson Collison (book)


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Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
John Carroll ... Dr. Michael Shane
Rita Johnson ... Kay McWade
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. John McWade
J.M. Kerrigan ... Captain Finch
E.E. Clive ... Horace Snell
Everett Brown ... Jallah
Tom Fadden ... Nelson
Lionel Pape ... British Consul
Nathan Curry Nathan Curry ... Luemba
Leonard Mudie ... Farley
Martin Wilkins Martin Wilkins ... Zia
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Varnai


In this adaptation of the novel "Congo Landing," showgirl Maisie Ravier is left stranded in an African village. She's given refuge by Michael Shane, an attractive, but hard-boiled local doctor. She soon finds herself playing Dear Abby for a visiting doctor and his wife, warding off an attack by natives, and trying to get Shane to warm up to her. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"Okay, I'll Put My Arms Around Your Neck . . . But If Anything Comes Of This, You Started It !" See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

19 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boginja Konga See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Footage from Trader Horn was used in this film. See more »


When Dr. Shane is trying to hold off the natives at the end, Maisie comes out and does some magic tricks - a color-changing scarf, and cards appearing from nowhere. Dr. Shane tells her to do more, and she says that's all she has. Yet earlier, she was doing a trick with a disappearing ball. And later she comes out doing a water trick. See more »


Maisie Ravier: I'm tellin' ya, he's the last guy in the world for you.
Kay McWade: You know nothing about either of us.
Maisie Ravier: Oh, yes, I do. Maybe I never met many people like you; but, I've seen plenty like him. Oh, he's a deluxe model , streamline chassis, white walled tires, fog lights and two horns; but, it's the same car. I know him all right.
Kay McWade: Oh, no, you don't.
Maisie Ravier: I oughta! I been thinkin' about him ever since I saw him, with no time out until I sleep and then I dream about him!
Kay McWade: You're jealous! You're talking against ...
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Followed by Up Goes Maisie (1946) See more »

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Maisie Revier in the Jungle!
3 January 2014 | by wetcircuitSee all my reviews

If you are a fan of the Maisie films you may be surprised (as I was) that this is only the second in the series (out of ten). It's so over the top it feels like the series has "jumped the shark" and the brassy showgirl from Brooklyn finds herself in Africa in an isolated medical camp surrounded by restless natives.

In all her films Maisie gets into hilarious situations, but the best scenes are when her suffering stage acts go horribly wrong just before she gets fired.... In Congo Maisie however the "disaster" stage act comes at the climax when she must out voodoo a native witch doctor with hokey illusions from her nightclub act - and of course this means she has to present her entire show including singing St Louis Woman to the accompaniment of native drums while wearing a showgirl costume. This is mere minutes after assisting in emergency surgery, meanwhile clearing up the relationships of everyone around her.... It's all for laughs at a manic screwball pace. Southern moves briskly from scene to scene holding the energy. By the time she starts doing her nightclub act in the jungle I was in love.

All the Maisie movies are charmers, and as the series progressed Maisie joins the war, works in an airplane factory, goes out west and discovers a hidden goldmine.... Maisie is practically a prototype of Scooby-Doo-esque iconic American adventures, borrowing liberally from trendy plot lines appropriate for a B comedy. They are all feather light and Ann Southern puts so much heart and sweetness into her character, It's wonderful to see same Maisie story progression, her fighting and falling in love with her leading man again and again - even though we know it won't be the same guy next time, poor Maisie!

But Congo Maisie is the one that really stands out as the most outrageous and off the hook. It breaks from the apple pie formula into stylized farce, and pokes fun at so many movie tropes of the day that it stands out from the rest of the series as a funny parody of many films, from Harlow's Red Dust to Ann Harding's Prestige, all painted with broad strokes and with snappy dialog.

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