Stanley and Livingstone (1939)





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In this historical drama, Spencer Tracy plays 19th-century American journalist Henry M. Stanley, an adventure-prone sort who is assigned by his editor to locate lost Scottish missionary David Livingstone in darkest Africa. Though seriously ill, Livingstone is content ministering to the natives, declining Stanley's invitation to return home.
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Spencer Tracy
as Henry M. Stanley
Cedric Hardwicke
as Dr. David Livingstone
Walter Brennan
as Jeff Slocum
Nancy Kelly
as Eve Kingsley
Richard Greene
as Gareth Tyce
Charles Coburn
as Lord Tyce
Henry Hull
as James Gordon Bennett
Henry Travers
as John Kingsley
Miles Mander
as Sir John Gresham
David Torrence
as Mr. Cranston
Holmes Herbert
as Frederick Holcomb
C. Montague Shaw
as Sir Oliver French
Paul Stanton
as Capt. Webb
Brandon Hurst
as Sir Henry Forrester
Hassan Said
as Hassan
Paul Harvey
as Col. Grimes
Russell Hicks
as Commissioner
Frank Dae
as Commissioner
Clarence Derwent
as Sir Francis Vane
Joseph Crehan
as Morehead
Robert Middlemass
as Carmichael
Frank Jaquet
as Senator
Emmett Vogan
as Bennett's Secretary
James M. McNamara
as Committeeman
Jack Clisby
as Mombay
Richard Stanley
as Lieutenant
Tom Coleman
as Corporal
Dick Stanley
as Lieutenant
Frank Orth
as Man with Pills
Billy Watson
as Copy Boy
Vernon Dent
as Newspaperman
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Critic Reviews for Stanley and Livingstone

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It's dramatically sound, but factually unsound.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
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Another Hollywood docu-drama which leaves you full of morality, as anything dealing with Dr. Livingstone should. A shame that Brennan was underutilized.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

Some people just ain't got no respect for the truth. Henry Stanley is well regarded in the newspaper industry for his coverage of the great wars against the Indians while in the field. He is sent to Africa where few civilized men have ventured and where Dr. Livingstone has gone missing. Stanley has been asked to find Dr. Livingstone, find out where he has been and what he is up to, and bring him back to America. Stanley will have to leave his love interest behind. Is leaving the love of his life worth the adventure, and can he find Livingstone on this gigantic, mysterious continent? "They hate the whites for trying to stop the slave trade." Henry King, director of The Song of Bernadette, Twelve O'clock High, Carousel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Gun Fighter, and Carolina, delivers Stanley and Livingstone. The storyline for this picture is just okay and wasn't as interesting as I am used to from a Tracy picture. The acting is even below average and the cast includes Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Charles Coburn, Walter Brennan, and Henry Hull. "Didn't you know better than to bring this civilian into Indian territory?" I DVR most Spencer Tracy pictures and found this one to be very disappointing. The plot was straightforward and a bit predictable and the conclusion was awkward and unfulfilling. Overall, I generally recommend seeing a movie if Spencer Tracy is in it, this is a rare exception where I recommend skipping it. "You're going to Africa." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

It is extremely heavy on the "whiteman's burden" type of ignorant racism, though that was just a general feeling of the era. Otherwise, it did get its message across in a 30s type of way.

Jordan K
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