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Filmed on location, White Witch Doctor is set in the Belgian Congo, circa 1907. Professional hunter Lonni Douglas (Robert Mitchum) is hired by nurse Ellen Burton (Susan Hayward) to escort her into the African interior, in hopes of finding her former mentor. Eventually they discover that the man Burton seeks has died, but Burton decides to stay around for awhile and tend to the wounds of the local witch doctor's injured son -- and, incidentally, to convince the tribesmen that "white man's medicine" is a good thing. Unfortunately, Douglas' avaricious partner Huysman (Walter Slezak) endangers the lives of himself, Douglas and Burton by going on a forbidden hunt for gold. Based on a novel by Louise A. Steindorf, White Witch Doctor is distinguished by Bernard Herrmann's evocative musical score, wherein genuine African musical instruments are utilized. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Susan Hayward
as Ellen Burton
Robert Mitchum
as Lonni Douglas
Walter Slezak
as Huysman
Elzie Emanuel
as Kapuka
Timothy Carey
as Jarrett
Otis Greene
as Bakuba Boy
Charles Gemora
as Gorilla
Naaman Brown
as Witch Doctor
Myrtle Anderson
as Aganza
Dorothy Harris
as Chief's Wife
Michael Ansara
as De Gama
Michael Granger
as Paal
Henry Hastings
Floyd Shackelford
as Chief
Michael Granger
as Paal


Henry Hathaway
Otto Lang
Leon Shamroy
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
James B. Clark
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director