De Lesseps is a young aristocrat who conceives the idea for the Suez Canal. When Napoleon fails him, the British show interest. Though the production values make the film entertaining its historical content is generally agreed to be awful. Written by
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In an interview in the late 1970s, director Allan Dwan talked of the censorship battle he had with the Hays Office over the wet-shirt scene, in which Annabella's erect nipples are on prominent display. "I wanted them to show," he said. His argument with the Hays Office was, "Have you ever seen a nude woman? Ever seen your wife nude? There was nothing there that wasn't positively true to life ... you knew she was going to be sexy ... that's why you picked her. The audience knows. This is my idea of giving it to them. All women are alike - they can go to the mirror and see that anytime." The matter was dropped as re-shooting the scene would have cost too much as the studio would have had to rebuild the entire set. Dwan said that his nemesis, studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck, was pleased with the picture. See more »
Enjoyable on every level, Tyrone Power is magnificent. Intriguing storyline rooted in history...they don't make 'em like this anymore! The cinematography is ahead of its time, the actors are perfect for their roles and the movie itself is timeless. If you are a Tyrone Power fan you will not be disappointed in this film. It's hard to find, but worth it if you can find it. I didn't think I would enjoy a movie from the 30's as I'm more a fan of the 40's and above, but once I started watching this film I couldn't look away. Of course, the fact that it's Tyrone Power and he's the most striking looking man of his time doesn't hurt either!
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