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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kongo (1932)

Starring Walter Huston, Lupe Velez, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Bruce, C. Henry Gordon
Directed by William Cowen
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A white man in the African jungle, consumed with hate after being crippled by another man, plots an elaborate revenge on him through his innocent daughter.

A sound remake of the classic silent Lon Chaney film, West of Zanzibar, this is a good jungle picture with good performances, notably from Huston in the lead, who excels in displaying his character's cruelty but also his grief and compassion in the film's final act.  The filmmakers should also be credited with some strong visual trickery as Huston wins over the jungle natives with some impressive magic routines.  As with most jungle pictures, there is some racist dialogue but not as much as I expected.

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