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  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1942
  • Richard Thorpe
  • 87 mins
  • A

Summary

The story takes place at a British plantation in Africa where Tondelayo entices all the Brits, especially Harry Witzel.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Walter Pidgeon runs a British government rubber plantation in the heart of the Congo, with only a drink-sodden doctor (Frank Morgan), a disillusioned clergyman (Henry O'Neill), and his newly-arrived assistant Richard Carlson for company. Emotions boil over when Carlson falls for Tondelayo (Hedy Lamarr), a dangerously devious native sexpot who, together with the heat, damp rot and isolation, drives the white men mad. Although the atmosphere is strong and the film's early sequences are quite interesting, the descent into absurdity is total, making the result unintentionally and enjoyably hilarious. Lamarr resorts to grotesque posturings and pidgin English as the unlikely Tondelayo, a beleaguered Pidgeon barks his way through the script as if to erect a defence against it, and Richard Thorpe directs quite well under the circumstances.

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Credits

Cast

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TondelayoHedy Lamarr
Harry WitzelWalter Pidgeon
DoctorFrank Morgan
LangfordRichard Carlson
SkipperReginald Owen
Rev RobertsHenry O'Neill
Wilbur AshleyBramwell Fletcher

Crew

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DirectorRichard Thorpe

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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