Congo Maisie (1940)

70 mins | Comedy-drama | 19 January 1940

Director:

H. C. Potter

Producer:

J. Walter Ruben

Cinematographer:

Charles Lawton

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to information in a studio assignment sheet, Herman Mankiewicz worked on a screenplay for this film for producer Bernard Hyman in 1934, but it is not known if any of Mankiewicz's material was included in the final film. HR production charts add Forrester Harvey to the cast, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources indicate that Congo Maisie is a remake of Red Dust . Although the stories are similiar and the author, Wilson Collison, is the same, Congo Maisie is based on another Collison book, Congo Landing . The original trailer for Congo Maisie promoted the film as "a drama more sensational than Red Dust by the author of Red Dust and Maisie ." This was the second picture in M-G-M's Maisie series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Maisie ... More Less

According to information in a studio assignment sheet, Herman Mankiewicz worked on a screenplay for this film for producer Bernard Hyman in 1934, but it is not known if any of Mankiewicz's material was included in the final film. HR production charts add Forrester Harvey to the cast, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources indicate that Congo Maisie is a remake of Red Dust . Although the stories are similiar and the author, Wilson Collison, is the same, Congo Maisie is based on another Collison book, Congo Landing . The original trailer for Congo Maisie promoted the film as "a drama more sensational than Red Dust by the author of Red Dust and Maisie ." This was the second picture in M-G-M's Maisie series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Maisie . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Jan 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jan 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 39
pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Jan 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Dec 39
p. 52.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Jan 40
pp. 44-46.
New York Times
8 Feb 40
p. 18.
Variety
17 Jan 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
African dances
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Congo Landing by Wilson Collison (New York, 1934).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
19 January 1940
Production Date:
early November--early December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 January 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9404
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5962
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Maisie Ravier, a fast-talking showgirl with a heart of gold, is stranded in an African village when she slips out of her hotel window to beat her bill, and stows away on a Congo riverboat in hopes of reaching another town where a job awaits her. On board, she meets the boat's only other passenger, Dr. Michael Shane, a doctor-turned-rubber planter, and the ship's captain Finch, who offers her the dubious privilege of sharing his cabin. When the boat blows a boiler, Maisie and Shane find refuge at a rubber company's medical station manned by Dr. John McWade, the doctor who succeeded Shane, and McWade's wife Kay. At the station, Shane denounces his former bosses at the rubber company for their indifference to the health of the natives, and he urges McWade to leave the shelter of his laboratory and make contact with the natives. Kay, who is lonely and homesick, is on the verge of succumbing to Shane's charms when Maisie intervenes to save the McWades' marriage. After John falls gravely ill, Maisie intercedes once again to save his life by persuading Shane to perform an emergency appendectomy. Soon afterward, all their lives are threatened when the witch doctors incite the natives to rebel. The fast-thinking Maisie quells the uprising by donning her sequined dress and performing a series of magic tricks, which are highlighted by a rain storm that proves her "power" to the natives. Having fallen in love with Maisie, Shane then agrees to take over the medical station with her at his side. Thus McWade and Kay are free to return to America to begin life ... +


Maisie Ravier, a fast-talking showgirl with a heart of gold, is stranded in an African village when she slips out of her hotel window to beat her bill, and stows away on a Congo riverboat in hopes of reaching another town where a job awaits her. On board, she meets the boat's only other passenger, Dr. Michael Shane, a doctor-turned-rubber planter, and the ship's captain Finch, who offers her the dubious privilege of sharing his cabin. When the boat blows a boiler, Maisie and Shane find refuge at a rubber company's medical station manned by Dr. John McWade, the doctor who succeeded Shane, and McWade's wife Kay. At the station, Shane denounces his former bosses at the rubber company for their indifference to the health of the natives, and he urges McWade to leave the shelter of his laboratory and make contact with the natives. Kay, who is lonely and homesick, is on the verge of succumbing to Shane's charms when Maisie intervenes to save the McWades' marriage. After John falls gravely ill, Maisie intercedes once again to save his life by persuading Shane to perform an emergency appendectomy. Soon afterward, all their lives are threatened when the witch doctors incite the natives to rebel. The fast-thinking Maisie quells the uprising by donning her sequined dress and performing a series of magic tricks, which are highlighted by a rain storm that proves her "power" to the natives. Having fallen in love with Maisie, Shane then agrees to take over the medical station with her at his side. Thus McWade and Kay are free to return to America to begin life anew. +

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