A Daughter of the Congo (1930)

Adventure | 1930

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HISTORY

Some of the above plot summary was taken from modern sources. New York Age stated that this was the first talking picture produced by an African-American ... More Less

Some of the above plot summary was taken from modern sources. New York Age stated that this was the first talking picture produced by an African-American company. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Afro American
20 Sep 1930
p. 28.
New York Age
5 Apr 1930
p. 6.
New York Age
12 Apr 1930
p. 6.
Pittsburgh Courier
12 Apr 1930
pt. II, p. 7.
Pittsburgh Courier
30 Apr 1930
pt. II, p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The American Cavalryman by Henry F. Downing (New York, 1917).
SONGS
"That Gets It," music and lyrics by Roland Irving and Earl B. Westfield.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 April 1930
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq and mus score
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Length(in feet):
7,934
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lupelta, a mulatto girl who was stolen as a baby and brought up by an African tribe, is betrothed to the powerful chief Lodango. As she travels with her maid to Lodango's village, she stops to bathe and is captured by Arab slave hunters. Meanwhile, Captain Paul Dale of the African-American 10th United States Cavalry, assisted by First Lieutenant Ronald Brown, operates a constabulary in the small republic of Liberia, where Lupelta's tribe lives. During a reconnaissance mission, they encounter the slave hunters, rescue Lupelta and imprison the men responsible for her capture. Dale and Brown then take Lupelta to a mission school, where she excels remarkably, despite her tendency to return to some of her wild native ways. Through her industry, beauty, and intelligence, Lupelta soon becomes one of the most popular girls in ... +


Lupelta, a mulatto girl who was stolen as a baby and brought up by an African tribe, is betrothed to the powerful chief Lodango. As she travels with her maid to Lodango's village, she stops to bathe and is captured by Arab slave hunters. Meanwhile, Captain Paul Dale of the African-American 10th United States Cavalry, assisted by First Lieutenant Ronald Brown, operates a constabulary in the small republic of Liberia, where Lupelta's tribe lives. During a reconnaissance mission, they encounter the slave hunters, rescue Lupelta and imprison the men responsible for her capture. Dale and Brown then take Lupelta to a mission school, where she excels remarkably, despite her tendency to return to some of her wild native ways. Through her industry, beauty, and intelligence, Lupelta soon becomes one of the most popular girls in Monrovia. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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