Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

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Prince Said
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Vicomte Rene De Latour
Henry Stephenson ...
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Marquis Du Brey
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Mohammed Ali (as Maurice Moscovich)
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Sergeant Pellerin (as Sig Rumann)
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Sir Malcolm Cameron
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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 Though the production values make the film entertaining its historical content is generally agreed to be awful.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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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28 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Suezu  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Ferdinand de Lesseps: Oh, but it's absurd to think that any one nation would dominate the canal!
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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Carey (unconfirmed)
In the score when de Lesseps receives his award
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Diplomat/Ditch Digger works for the glory of France
11 May 1999 | by (Panama City, Panama) – See all my reviews



The undertaking of the construction of the great canal at Suez was monumental. Sadly, "Suez" was not. Despite the grand beginnings (featuring a breathtaking ball gown with Loretta Young inside it) the film failed to deliver. Predictable in most every way, from the scene with the Indian sand reader to the stormy scenes between Powers and Annabelle. Good special effects. No plot continuity.


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