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The Garden of Allah (1936)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  19 November 1936 (USA)
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The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk.

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Storyline

Domini, an heiress who has led a cloistered life, visits the North African desert for spiritual renewal. There she meets Boris, recently escaped from a Trappist monastery. Their friendship ripens into love, but he conceals his past from her. Then in a remote oasis, they meet a man who knows his secret. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BEWITCHED BY THE DESERT MOON... in a secret paradise of love! See more »


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Release Date:

19 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Allahs have  »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the actors David O. Selznick considered and tested for the role of the monk Boris Androvsky before casting Charles Boyer were Robert Taylor, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, George Brent, Laurence Olivier, Fredric March, Brian Aherne, Noel Coward, Maurice Evans, Robert Donat, Ivor Novello, John Gielgud and Jean Gabin. See more »

Goofs

As the abbot and the major are walking down the hall, the shadow of the boom microphone keeps pace with them on the lower left. See more »

Quotes

Boris Androvsky: There are things in a man's life it's best to forget. There are dark places which should be left dark.
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Referenced in American Horror Story: Monsters Among Us (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

No One But God and I Know What is in My Heart
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Max Steiner
Sung offscreen by an unidentified woman at the hotel
Reprised offscreen by a chorus on the pilgrimage
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This is a very good movie
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In terms of visual beauty this movie is outstanding! I had no idea that Technicolor came out so early. Although I didn't like the ending, the entire movie is fantastic and makes me wish that I was in North Africa. The cast is excellent and Marlene Dietrich is a big plus and of course she is so alluring and I just loved her in this flick. Basil Rathbone is also perfect in this movie. I couldn't get over the scenery and the sets... The hotel, the palm trees, the desert, it's all there... the legionnaires also bring a "Beau Geste" feeling to the film. They certainly don't make movies like these anymore. Don't fail to watch this classic!


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