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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.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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"I Wouldn't Take You, Big Boy, If I Won You At Bingo!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boginja Konga See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Maisie calls for rain, and the thunderstorm begins, the natives bow down in terror, thinking she brought it on. But they have lived in that climate all their lives, and they would not be surprised by a thunderstorm at that particular time. See more »

Quotes

Maisie Ravier: Where does pride get you, except, in a jam?
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Connections

Followed by Swing Shift Maisie (1943) See more »

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Magician's apprentice
9 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

MGM's Tarzan sets got some extra use when in Ann Sothern's Maisie series she did an African film Congo Maisie. The plot which was recycled from Red Dust would get recycled again for Mogambo only that one was actually done on African location.

Ann Sothern stows away on the wrong boat, she has a job in a coastal African town, but this boat commanded by J.M. Kerrigan is going upstream to a small settlement, a research facility where married couple Sheppard Strudwick and Rita Johnson. Even further into the wild is another former doctor now rubber plantation magnate John Carroll and all three go visiting there.

Where both an outbreak of witch doctor fundamentalism and an attack of appendicitis on Strudwick puts the whole party in jeopardy. But not with the ever resourceful Maisie using some tricks she learned from when she was a magician's apprentice.

Using her Maisie character as a bridge between what Jean Harlow and later Ava Gardner did with same part, Sothern is light, breezy, entertaining and very wise in a street smart way. The Maisie series went on for about a decade and Sothern's ingratiating and affable personality was the reason why.

We could all use a wise Maisie in our lives.


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