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White Cargo (1942) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Victor Saville.

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The Doctor: [applies alcohol to the native's foot] Kind of stings, hey? You can imagine what it does to the lining of your stomache!
[takes another drink]


Tondelayo: [entering for the first time, seductively] I am Tondelayo.


Wilbur Ashley: The natives have been looking at me lately, in a queer sort of way.
Mr. Harry Witzel: Maybe they're wondering how you can walk without a spine.


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Because of the miscegenation aspects of the play (Tondelayo was a black woman), it was on the Production Code Administraiton's "condemned" list of sources not to be considered. A big outcry was heard when the British film, based on the same sources, was released in New York in March, 1930, because it was deemed to violate the spirit of the Hays decree. MGM hired playwright Leon Gordon to adapt his play for the screen; he changed Tondelayo's parentage to half Egyptian and half Arab, and it was eventually given an approved certificate. Still, the movie was placed on the Legion of Decency's condemned list, and the film was banned in Singapore and Trinidad because of its racial implications.
The play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 5 November 1923 and had 257 performances.
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