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Release Date:
19 November 1936 (USA) See more »
BEWITCHED BY THE DESERT MOON... in a secret paradise of love! See more »
The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Beautiful to See and Hear, but that's all See more (39 total) »


  (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)
Production Management
F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston .... location manager (uncredited)
Robert Ross .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Stacey .... assistant director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Chauncy Pyle .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Waters .... second unit 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
Corynn Kiehl .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Joshua Logan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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

Did You Know?

For the role of Capt. De Trevignac, David Niven, Cesar Romero and Ray Milland were tested before Alan Marshal was cast.See more »
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 »
Domini Enfilden:We'll be very happy if you join us for dinner.
Capt. De Trevignac:With pleasure, Madame. Of course I realize that all this is happening, but, I can't quite believe it. And so short a time ago, we hadn't even - water, to drink.
Domini Enfilden:And now you shall have - champagne. We'll be waiting for you.
Capt. De Trevignac:Champagne!
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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful to See and Hear, but that's all, 31 March 2003
Author: John O'Grady from Lansing, Michigan

This is, I believe, only the second movie to be made in the gloriously new three-strip Technicolor process, and it must be said that cinematographer Howard Greene and Selznick's always reliable crew of art directors turned in a stunning performance. At a time when color was not well understood by most technicians, these guys pulled off a virtuoso turn. The thing looks fabulous from end to end; lovely desert shots under all kinds of lighting conditions, and a generally underplayed and painterly use of color.

Then there is the music: one of Max Steiner's most magical scores, although unfortunately renters of the video will not quite be able to appreciate it as it deserves to be. Max wrote nearly two hours of music for what turned out to be a 79 minute picture; a good deal of it was lost and Selznick's sound engineers had a tendency to mix it under in such a way that its distinctiveness is much muted. This problem is exacerbated in the usually reliable Anchor Bay's VHS issue; they went overboard with the noise reduction filters and the result in many places is a blurry mush that does scant justice to Steiner's often piquant scoring. (Later: In the DVD this has been largely rectified). Some of the best passages were left on the cutting room floor altogether... All of this visual and audible loveliness has been lavished on a story of truly astonishing triviality, which is a pity, as the Robert Hichens novel had rather more depth. (Count Antioni, for instance, is a converted Muslim in the book; but 1936 Hollywood would not tolerate that. Would they today, I wonder?) Marlene Dietrich has to be the only woman on earth who would wander about the uncharted depths of the Sahara in high heels and a Travis Banton silk confection of a gown; the most horrendous sandstorms fail to displace a single hair of her coiffure. Charles Boyer strives manfully with awful dialogue and almost brings it off. Second tier characters like Joseph Schildkraut and the ever stalwart C. Aubrey Smith fare better, and Basil Rathbone is always good to see. Tilly Losch's hoochie- koochie dance in the Arab dive is positively embarrassing. The whole thing was definitely a miscalculation on Selznick's part, and he lost a bundle. Nevertheless it is well worth a look if you are a student of early color. Film music aficionados will have to take my word for it on the superb qualities of the score; the existing movie barely hints at them. This music cries out for a good new recording, like the many others that are coming out these days of classic picture scores.

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