The makers of Juarez went out of their way to ensure the film would be as historically accurate as possible. But this 1939 release is also an inflated bore, a history lesson in which the history smothers all the drama.
1939’s Stanley and Livingstone is remarkable for rejecting the imperialism and casual racism that afflicted so many Hollywood movies set in the “Dark Continent.” It’s also a hugely satisfying adventure yarn.
Every now and then an actor becomes inseparable from a role. Don Ameche will always be known for playing Alexander Graham Bell. The movie was so popular that for nearly 20 years after it was common to substitute the word “Ameche” for “telephone.”