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"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?"

In this clip, from a film entitled Stanley and Livingstone," Henry Morton Stanley (a Welsh-American portrayed by Spencer Tracy) meets Dr. David Livingstone (portrayed by Sir Cedric Hardwicke). 

Livingstone, a Scot who'd not made contact with other Europeans for many years, was a physician-explorer-missionary who abhored the slave trade still existing (at the time) in southeastern Africa. 

Doing whatever he could to end the slave trade, Livingstone had one regret, at the end of his life (in 1873):  that he had not spent more time with his own children.

In this scene, Stanley greets Livingstone with the now-famous phrase:  "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"


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Clip from "Stanley and Livingstone," released in August of 1939.  Copyright, Twentieth Century Fox, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.

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