When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary.
Henry King's fabulous film tells the true story of 19th-century New York Herald reporter Henry Stanley (Spencer Tracy), who went on a trek through the wilds of Africa in the 1870s to search for missing British medical missionary Dr. David Livingstone (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). In his quest to determine the fate of the Scottish missionary, the adventurous Stanley endured unspeakable hardships and also experienced unimaginable wonders. Stanley begins his journey in Zanzibar, where he ignores warnings of danger to head west through the unmapped jungles. Tracy's and Hardwicke's performances are excellent, as are the supporting players under the gentle hand of King. Over time, STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE has become a historical document not only for recounting this remarkable tale but because the film itself offers unique footage of the African landscape and peoples as they stood in 1939.
Adventurous journalist Henry Stanley sets out on a quest to determine the fate of the Scottish missionary Dr. Livingstone. The safari scenes were filmed on location in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
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