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The Garden of Allah
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Writers:
Robert Hichens (novel)
W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 November 1936 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
BEWITCHED BY THE DESERT MOON... in a secret paradise of love! See more »
Plot:
The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Fabulous camp! See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlene Dietrich ... Domini Enfilden

Charles Boyer ... Boris Androvsky
Tilly Losch ... Irena

Basil Rathbone ... Count Ferdinand Anteoni

C. Aubrey Smith ... Father J. Roubier

Joseph Schildkraut ... Batouch

John Carradine ... Sand Diviner
Alan Marshal ... Capt. De Trevignac
Lucile Watson ... Mother Superior Josephine

Henry Brandon ... Hadj
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Anteoni's Lieutenant (uncredited)
Louis Aldez ... Blind Singer (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... American Tourist in Hotel (uncredited)
John Bryan ... Brother Gregory (uncredited)
Ann Bupp ... Girl (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Gardener (uncredited)
Corky ... Bous-Bous the Dog (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... Lector at Monastery (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Member of De Trevignac's Patrol (uncredited)
Barry Downing ... Little Boris (uncredited)

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Nun (uncredited)
Irene Franklin ... American Tourist's Wife (uncredited)
Robert Frazer ... Smain (uncredited)
John George ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ann Gillis ... Convent Girl #2 (uncredited)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Convent Girl (uncredited)

Bonita Granville ... Convent Girl (uncredited)
Edna Mae Harris ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Convent Girl #1 (uncredited)
Jane Kerr ... Ouled Nails Madam (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey ... Voluble Arab (uncredited)
Rosalie Lincoln ... Dancing Oasis girl (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Nun (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Coachman (uncredited)
Andrew McKenna ... Mueddin (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Member of De Trevignac's Patrol (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Man (uncredited)
Maria Riva ... Young Girl Sewing (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... Mustapha (uncredited)

Marion Sayers ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
David Scott ... Larby (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Member of De Trevignac's Patrol (uncredited)
Frances Turham ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
Betty Van Auken ... Oasis Girl (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ... Abbe of Monastery (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Boleslawski 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hichens (novel)

W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) and
Lynn Riggs (screenplay)

Willis Goldbeck  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene (uncredited)
Virgil Miller (director of photography) (uncredited)
Harold Rosson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Hal C. Kern 
Anson Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Sturges Carne (settings)
Lyle R. Wheeler (settings) (as Lyle Wheeler)
Edward G. Boyle (settings) (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ernest Dryden 
 
Makeup Department
Sam Kaufman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist: Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Stacey .... assistant director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Chauncy Pyle .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lansing C. Holden .... color designer
Irving W. Sindler .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound recordist (as Earl Wolcott)
T.A. Carman .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Clarence Slifer .... special effects cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Howard Greene .... photographer
Robert Carney .... associate photographer (uncredited)
Wilfred M. Cline .... associate photographer (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Dickey .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Leavitt .... grip (uncredited)
Oran McPherson .... electrician (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Bowman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Jeannette Couget .... costume maker (uncredited)
 
Music Department
R.H. Bassett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Willis Goldbeck .... assistant to producer
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color supervisor
Harold Rosson .... photographic advisor
Joshua Logan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
79 min | West Germany:75 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

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Trivia:
This is the movie that Cyndi Lauper is watching at the beginning of the video for "Time After Time".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Domini Enfilden:What an extraordinary man. Is he mad?
Batouch:Yes, he's undoubtedly English.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Fabulous camp!, 8 October 2005
Author: hankochai from United States

I give this movie an A+ for the sheer camp of it! As Dietrich's daughter Maria Riva wrote in the book on her mother, "If one sees The Garden of Allah in the context of high camp, it can be very amusing." And how! I laughed with delight at the overwrought score and the astoundingly, ridiculously, fantastically melodramatic dialogue. Viewers who've read the accounts of Boyer's toupee (it kept coming unstuck in the heat) will snicker every time it makes an appearance.

Dietrich and Boyer rarely look at each other when giving their lines -- instead they gaze dreamily off into the distance, presumably so their faces can be photographed at the best angle and with the most advantageous light (if you're starring in a turkey might as well look good!). Dietrich's costumes are out of this world. As Riva notes in her book, Dietrich managed to steal Paramount's Travis Banton and have him design some of the most divine gowns, such as the chiffon beige dress & cape.

I heartily agree with the other reviewers who rave about the Technicolor. It really is hard to believe the film was done in 1936 -- the color is fantastic.

In short, if you watch The Garden of Allah with a lenient attitude and embrace its silliness, you can't help but enjoy it.

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