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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Sergeant Victor comes to the French Foreign Legion after taking the blame for his brother's crime. Cigarette falls in love with him though Major Doyle is in love with her. Doyle sends Victor on dangerous assignments to be rid of him. He falls in love with Lady Venetia Cunningham, a visitor to the garrison. Written by
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Colman and Colbert shine in lackluster desert opus
There's not much plot here - for that go to THE FOUR FEATHERS and BEAU GESTE. Basically it's a quadrangle. Colman is loved by two women, the aristocratic Russell and the camp follower, Colbert. He loves only Russell, though God knows why when he has feisty Colbert. McLaglen loves Colbert and because she is in love with Colman, engineers dangerous missions for Colman, hoping he won't return from one of them. The first hour is rather dull, only establishing the love relationships. The second half is a bit more stimulating, taking place out in the desert with forced marches and Arab attacks.
Lloyd directs blandly. Colman and Colbert are wonderful in their roles, she even better than he - though Hollywood's idea of eyebrow pencilling starts about a foot above her head. See it for these two stars, not the action.
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