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Abdul the Damned (1935)

Passed | | Drama, History | 10 May 1936 (USA)
In 1908, Sultan Abdul Hamid faces resistance from the Young Turk party, while also becoming infatuated with a visiting Austrian singer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Kortner ...
Sultan Abdul Hamid II / Kelar - his double
Chief of Police Kadar-Pasha
John Stuart ...
Capt. Talak-Bey
Therese Alder
Esme Percy ...
Ali - Chief Eunuch (as Esmé Percy)
Gen. Hilmi-Pasha
Omar - Hilmi's Attache
Clifford Heatherley ...
Court Doctor
Henry B. Longhurst ...
General of the Bodyguards (as Henry Longhurst)
Annie Esmond ...
Therese's Train Companion
H. Saxon-Snell ...
Chief Interrogator (as H. Saxon Snell)
Officer of the Firing Squad
Robert Naylor ...
Opera Singer


In 1908, Sultan Abdul Hamid rules the Turkish Empire, but he is faced with the threat of revolt by the Young Turk party. He allows Hilmi Pasha, the leader of the Young Turks, to return from exile and form the country's first constitutional government. With tensions still growing, chief of police Kadar Pasha assassinates Hassan Bey, the leader of the Old Turk party, and makes it look as if a Young Turk committed the crime, in order to give Abdul an excuse for arresting the Young Turk leaders. Meanwhile, Abdul becomes infatuated with a visiting Austrian singer. When she rejects his advances, she endangers both herself and her fiancé, a Turkish officer who also knows who really shot Hassan Bey. Written by Snow Leopard

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A THOUSAND SPELLINGBINDING SIGHTS TO AMAZE YOU! (original USA lobby card-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

10 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Abdul Hamid  »

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1.37 : 1
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Sultan's Hymn
Music by Hanns Eisler
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
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A lavishly produced spectacle, with a driving pace.
22 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Indeed the pace is fast, the story at times is a little difficult to follow. Never mind. This superb film is so magnificently photographed, and so enthrallingly acted it can be unreservedly recommended.

Fritz Kortner is absolutely charismatic. He receives strong support from a uniformly excellent group of thespians. Particularly vibrant are Nils Asther, Esme Percy and Adrienne Ames.

As a production, the film is given a wonderfully stylish authenticity by the brilliant director Karl Grune.

A movie due for rediscovery as one of the finest British films of the mid-1930s.

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