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Suez (1938)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 October 1938 (USA)
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
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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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Maria De Teba
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Storyline

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 Though the production values make the film entertaining its historical content is generally agreed to be awful.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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The stirring saga of the world's most astonishing engineering achievement! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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28 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Suezu  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1964 producer Samuel Bronston announced a remake. See more »

Quotes

Ferdinand de Lesseps: Oh, but it's absurd to think that any one nation would dominate the canal!
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Connections

Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Artist's Life (Kunstlerleben), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Emil Gerstenberger
Played as dance music at the Emperor's reception
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Just magnificent on every level. Unsurpassable
7 March 1999 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

There could never be a product like this turned out today. The people are just not out there - at least not in the picture business.

Zanuck expressed the opinion that Annabella was the only one of Power's wives good enough for Power. Zanuck was never one to always hit it exactly right on the head but he got it right with this one. Watch these two in this - it's a union of giants!

Loretta Young !!!! Just plainly the most beautiful woman who ever lived. If Eugenie was one tenth this beautiful she deserved to wear a crown and live a hundred years, as the fortune teller predicted, and as Eugenie in fact did. Even Power's co-stars Madeleine Carroll in LLOYDS OF LONDON and Gene Tierney/Frances Farmer in SON OF FURY, ravishing as they all were, were not Young's equal.

Victoria was badmouthed as too prim and proper but according to Zanuck she must have walked out on a few wires or otherwise there would have been some holdups on both the Suez Canal and the telephone (see ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL).

There are so many elements in this that represent the very pinnacle of moviemaking that it would be gilding the lily to begin to enumerate them. We can but savor this thankfully as a flawless treasure; an example of the American commercial movie as an art form in the consummate sense.


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