White Cargo

White Cargo

Hedy Lamarr
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr
, Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon
, Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Richard Thorpe

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The once-notorious theatrical chestnut White Cargo was toned down for public consumption in this 1942 MGM-ized adaptation (the property had been previously filmed in England in 1929). More sullen than sexy, Hedy Lamarr stars as Tondelayo, the libidinous African native girl who nearly drives rubber-plantation manager Langford (Richard Carlson) to ruin and madness. Though warned by local English magistrate Witzel (Walter Pidgeon) not to "mammy-palaver" with the natives, Langford falls hopelessly in love with Tondelayo, marrying her in defiance of convention and anti-miscegenation laws. Alas, the restless Tondelayo soons tires of married life, just as Langford wearies of his bride's near-manic possessiveness. She tries to come on to Witzel, who'll have none of it, then plots to rid herself of her husband by systematically poisoning him during a bout of fever. A studio-imposed prologue and epilogue set in the 1940s was inserted to assure the audiences from the outset that Langford would eventually wise up and divest himself of the troublesome Tondelayo. Though corny and campy in the extreme, White Cargo is one of the films for which Hedy Lamarr is best remembered.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2016
UPC: 0888574388515
Original Release: 1942
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 28,185

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Tondelayo
Walter Pidgeon Harry Witzel
Frank Morgan Doctor
Richard Carlson Langford
Reginald Owen Skipper
Henry O'Neill Rev. Roberts
Bramwell Fletcher Wilbur Ashley
Clyde Cook Ted
Leigh Whipper Jim Fish
Oscar Polk Umeela
Darby Jones Doctor's Houseboy
Richard Ainley Worthing

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Leon Gordon Screenwriter
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Ernst Matray Choreography
Victor Saville Producer
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- White Cargo
1. Chapter 1 [6:44]
2. Chapter 2 [6:53]
3. Chapter 3 [8:22]
4. Chapter 4 [8:16]
5. Chapter 5 [7:55]
6. Chapter 6 [9:57]
7. Chapter 7 [9:32]
8. Chapter 8 [8:22]
9. Chapter 9 [8:11]
10. Chapter 10 [8:52]
11. Chapter 11 [5:31]

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