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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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The Tropic Love Drama That's the Talk of the Town! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mestiça See more »

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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 »

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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

Tondelayo: [Slipping unexpectedly into Langford's bungalow, after months away] How do you do, awyla?
Mr. Langford: [surprised to see her] Where have you been all these months?
Tondelayo: Mission at Lagos. All pray, pray, and cook, cook! Tondelayo remember much, awyla.
Mr. Langford: Why do you call me 'awyla'?
Tondelayo: Awyla is Ibio for "my man".
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Under the Bamboo Tree
(1902) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Bob Cole, James Weldon Johnson and Rosamond Johnson
Played on a record in Langford's quarters
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Masterpiece of Camp !
28 August 2006 | by klasekfilmfanSee all my reviews

Almost every film buff would watch this and immediately write WHITE CARGO (1942) off the map due to the 'anti camp' syndrome. Although this movie is definitely campy, it is still a work of art. Take it to the camping ground and watch it at night by the fire. There is a certain magic to this movie that is sure to make the atmosphere of s'mores and grilled hot dogs all the more enjoyable.

HEDY LAMARR's caked-on brown makeup reminded me of Jennifer Jones' 'Pearl Chavez' in the (at times) campy classic DUEL IN THE SUN(which is a personal favorite of mine) made four years later in 1946. LAMARR has an over the top accent that is hardly believable. However, she pulled it off! Believe me, White Cargo is worth it just to see Hedy sweat on her dark skin wearing a one-piece bikini top throughout this movie! Walter Pigeon is a flame of fire all the way to the end. Very obscure part for Walter to be playing with such intensity.

The story takes absurd and wild twists and turns and is nothing if not purely fun entertainment. It doesn't have a long runtime, only about 80 minutes or so. It's not a large commitment of time. If you are a fan of camp, don't miss this classic.


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