General Bierbeau sends his weakling son, Pierre, to French Morocco to fight Arab insurgents (the "Riffs") in the hopes that this will toughen him up. He soon becomes the Riffs' leader and ...
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General Bierbeau sends his weakling son, Pierre, to French Morocco to fight Arab insurgents (the "Riffs") in the hopes that this will toughen him up. He soon becomes the Riffs' leader and assumes a secret identity: "The Red Shadow." Pierre is still regarded as a weakling by the French troops because he always seems to let the Red Shadow slip through their fingers. When Pierre's sweetheart, Margot, visits the French garrison, she succumbs to the Red Shadow's charms. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Abbreviated version of "The Desert Song" from Warner and their Vitaphone productions. The film has Pierre being sent to the French Morocco so that he can toughen up. He's there to fight the Arab insurgents but he soon takes on the identity of "The Red Shadow". The opera by Hammerstein and Romberg had been filmed by Warner as a full length movie in 1929 so I'm not sure why they needed to rush another version out there but this here isn't too bad. I haven't seen the original to compare this to but the music here is quite nice and the production values appear to be rather high for a two-reeler. Alexander Gray plays The Red Shadow and has a pretty good voice, although it's certainly not the strongest I've heard. Bernice Clare is his love interests and I found her voice and acting abilities rather weak here.
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