The Barbarian (1933)

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An American tourist catches the eye of a disguised Arab prince who decides to kidnap her, then try to win her love.



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Complete credited cast:
Diana 'Di' Standing
Gerald Hume - Diana's Fiancee
Louise Closser Hale ...
Cecil Harwood
Achmed Pasha
Blanche Friderici ...
Mrs. Hume - Gerald's Mother
Marcelle Corday ...
Marthe - Diana's Maid
Mrs. Loway - American Tourist
Leni Stengel ...
Ilsa - German Tourist


A racy story of Myrna, who arrives in Cairo to meet her fiance. She attracts the attention of Ramon, a conniving Arab guide who enchants rich women tourists in order to take advantage of them. She falls under his spell, and he turns out to be more than he seems. Written by Robert Tonsing <>

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Release Date:

12 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man of the Nile  »

Box Office


$444,399 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Myrna Loy wrote in her autobiography that she was wearing a flesh-tinted body suit in the supposed nude scene. See more »


When Jamil leaves Diana's room via the balcony, a camera shadow is briefly seen moving across the railing under him, at the bottom of the picture. See more »


Version of The Arab (1915) See more »


Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Played by the orchestra as Diana and Gerald have tea
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Delightful Desert Romance
4 December 2005 | by (Dallas, TX.) – See all my reviews

I loved this pre-code romance with Ramon Novarro and Myrna Loy as it hearkened back to the days of similar stories such as Valentino's Sheik movies.

Ramon has never been sexier than as the Egyptian prince who's moonlighting as something of a cad and a gigolo, but who really only has eyes for Myrna! And Myrna has never looked lovelier than as the high class American who is initially repelled by The Barbarian who abducts her. It's no wonder that she changes her mind in the end when you get a load of her future mother-in-law! The only problem that I had with the story was that the prince abducts Myrna's character which involves her at first being taken against her will, and the trek through the desert seemed to go on forever! This is a finely acted movie with great production values, including gorgeous sets and excellent secondary performances by Reginald Denny as Myrna's fiancé and Louise Hale as Myrna's no nonsense companion! Her tart tongued barbs steal every scene she's in! Ramon has a soft, melodious voice perfectly suited for sound and he gets to sing in several languages! Also look for Myrna in a bathing scene that could only have been done pre-code! Wonderful, escapist pre-code fare!

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