Stanley And Livingstone

  • 1939
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Biography

An intelligent, if not strictly factual, retelling of the Stanley and Livingstone legend, this hardy adventure succeeds largely because of Henry King's graceful direction and Spencer Tracy's fine, subdued performance as American journalist Henry Stanley, who searches for the missing Dr. David Livingstone (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). The film opens as Stanley...read more

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An intelligent, if not strictly factual, retelling of the Stanley and Livingstone legend, this hardy adventure succeeds largely because of Henry King's graceful direction and Spencer Tracy's fine, subdued performance as American journalist Henry Stanley, who searches for the missing Dr.

David Livingstone (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). The film opens as Stanley returns to New York after filing reports from the West. His editor next wants the reporter to head into the African jungle and find Livingstone, a Scottish missionary who has disappeared. Stanley accepts the assignment, taking

along Jeff Slocum (Walter Brennan) to accompany him on the search. The trip proves full of dangers hidden within the jungle. Stanley comes down with jungle fever, yet will not let this stop the mission. Finally he encounters the missionary in a remote jungle settlement and utters the famous line,

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

Tracy gives a dignified portrait of a man who is profoundly changed as a result of his experience. The drama is well constructed, adroitly combining adventure with the humane values Livingstone espouses. The story is romanticized, with characters added to suit Hollywood conventions, and the truth

about Stanley's life after his encounter with Livingstone fictionalized. Still, the final courtroom battle is a memorable one.

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