Stanley and Livingstone

Stanley and Livingstone

Spencer Tracy
Director: Henry King Cast: Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
, Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
, Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
Henry King

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Twentieth Century-Fox borrowed Spencer Tracy, from MGM for the sprawling (yet economically produced) historical drama Stanley and Livingstone. Tracy plays 19th-century American journalist Henry M. Stanley, an adventure-prone sort who is assigned by his editor (Henry Hull) to locate lost Scottish missionary David Livingstone (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) in darkest Africa. There are perils aplenty before the inevitable meeting in the clearing, capped by the immortal courtesy "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Though seriously ill, Livingstone is content ministering to the natives, declining Stanley's invitation to return home. Upon arriving back to civilization, Stanley tells his story of Dr. Livingstone, but without tangible proof, he is accused of perpetrating a fraud. Only at the very last moment is Stanley vindicated; at this point, he decides to go back to Africa to continue the late Dr. Livingstone's work. This didn't happen in real life, nor is the studio-dictated romance between Spencer Tracy and Nancy Kelly completely copacetic with the facts; outside of this, Stanley and Livingstone comes pretty close to living up to Fox's ad-campaign slogan "The Most Heroic Exploit the World Has Known."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2012
UPC: 0024543850106
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 25,385

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Henry M. Stanley
Nancy Kelly Eve Kingsley
Cedric Hardwicke Dr. David Livingstone
Richard Greene Gareth Tyce
Walter Brennan Jeff Slocum
Charles Coburn Lord Tyce
Henry Hull James G. Bennett, Jr.
Henry Travers John Kingsley
Miles Mander Sir John Gresham
David Torrence Mr. Cranston
Paul Stanton Capt. Webb
Holmes Herbert Frederick Holcomb
Brandon Hurst Sir Henry Forrester
Hassan Said Hassan
Paul Harvey Col. Grimes
Russell Hicks Commissioner
Frank Dae Commissioner
Joseph Crehan Morehead
Robert Middlemass Carmichael
Frank Jaquet Senator
Clarence Derwent Sir Francis Vane
Everett Brown Bongo
Jack Clisby Mombay
Tom Coleman Corporal
Vernon Dent Newspaperman
Harry Harvey Man
James McNamara Committeeman
Frank Orth Man with Pills
C. Montague Shaw Sir Oliver French
Emmett E. Smith Susi
Richard Stanley Lieutenant
Emmett Vogan Bennett's Secretary
Billy Watson Copy Boy
William Williams Mace
William Dunn Chuma

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
R.H. Bassett Score Composer
Russell Bennett Score Composer
Robert Russell Bennett Score Composer
David Buttolph Score Composer
William S. Darling Art Director
George Dudley Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Samuel Hellman Original Story
Julien Josephson Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Hal Long Original Story
Kenneth MacGowan Producer
Barbara McLean Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
David Raksin Score Composer
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Rudy Schrager Score Composer
Louis Silvers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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