LanguageEnglish, South African Languages Release date1949 Similar moviesFriends (1993), Final Solution (2001), Dingaka (1964), Circles in a Forest (1990), Gugu and Andile (2009)
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. It is notable as the Republic of South Africa's first African feature-length film.
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.