Watched Aug 22, 2012
Jeremy Heilman’s review:
An early talkie, this missionary drama mitigates the technical drawbacks of the era somewhat with its African setting (plenty of mosquito nets and foliage to hide the mic in). Despite the voodoo-practicing natives, the real threat here is singing Russian vamp Olga Baclanova, who repeatedly cuckolds her British husband. He maintains his stiff upper lip longer than most, ignoring the advice of the locals who suggest he beat her, until he inevitably reaches his breaking point (Spoiler: it’s based on a story with a much better title: The Woman Who Needed Killing). A decent effort, but the acting is excessive, the mood very campy, and the perspective is far too male for the ending to register as tragic.