African Jim

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African Jim
African Jim.jpg
Directed byDonald Swanson (film director)
Produced byEric Rutherford
Distributed byAfrica Film Library/ M-Net
Release date
Running time
50 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
LanguageEnglish, South African Languages

African Jim, also known as Jim Comes to Jo'burg, is a 1949 South African film, directed by Donald Swanson and produced by Eric Rutherford. It featured Daniel Adnewmah, Dolly Rathebe, The African Inkspots, Sam Maile, and Dan Twala.[1] It is notable as the Republic of South Africa's first African feature-length film.[2]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Jim leaves his tribal area to seek his fortune in Johannesburg. As soon as he arrives, three gangsters mug him. When he regains consciousness, a friendly night watchman takes care of him. With the watchman's help, Jim gets a job in a nightclub as a waiter. He is offered the chance to sing on stage with the club’s female star, Dolly. Just before his debut, he recognizes the gangsters who mugged him and overhears them plotting a robbery. Jim has to decide how to stop the crime and still be in time to perform.[3][4]



  1. ^ Peter Davis, "African Jim", 12 November 2012. Villon Films.
  2. ^ "SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. ^ "African Film Festival New York". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  4. ^ "Gauteng Film History". Retrieved 2015-05-05.

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