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South of Suez (1940)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Drama  |  16 November 1940 (USA)
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Greedy diamond mine owner Eli Snedeker, resentful that his ex-foreman John Gamble stopped him from taking over kindly, but drunken, mine owner Roger Smythe's mine just as he was about to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
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Katharine 'Kit' Sheffield
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Eli Snedeker
James Stephenson ...
Inspector Thornton
Lee Patrick ...
Delia Snedeker
Eric Blore ...
Harold 'Limey' Wemsley
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Roger Smythe
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Henry Putnam
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Putnam
Gilbert Emery ...
Manders
Stanley Logan ...
Prosecutor
Frederick Worlock ...
Defense Counsel
Edward Fielding ...
Judge
Leonard Mudie ...
Registrar
Crauford Kent ...
Sedley
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Greedy diamond mine owner Eli Snedeker, resentful that his ex-foreman John Gamble stopped him from taking over kindly, but drunken, mine owner Roger Smythe's mine just as he was about to strike it rich, kills Smythe and blames it on Gamble. Grabbing the diamonds, Gamble flees Africa to England where he changes his name and begins a new life. What he hasn't counted on, though, is meeting and falling in love with Smythe's daughter Katherine, who falls in love with him but can't marry him until she can deal with her hatred of John Gamble, the man she believes killed her father. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Where He Finds ADVENTURE You'll Find Thrills!

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16 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al sur de Suez  »

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George Raft was originally cast as John Gamble, but he turned down the role because he didn't like the story. The production was delayed for rewriting the role to suit George Brent. See more »

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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Sung a cappella by Eric Blore
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Passable programmer is better than average B-film...
15 March 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

GEORGE BRENT was never more stoic in giving a wooden performance than he is in this programmer in which he and BRENDA MARSHALL have almost no chemistry together. Marshall is a strictly by-the-numbers sort of actress with severe limitations and never made it to full-fledged stardom. See her in this one and you'll understand why.

Surprisingly, the most vivid performance in the film is given by LEE PATRICK as the wife of greedy gold-miner owner (GEORGE TOBIAS) who sets Brent up for the murder of a fellow miner who discovered a diamond Tobias covets. Her courtroom scene toward the end gives her a chance to emote in Ida Lupino style. Only eight years later she would be one of the almost unrecognizable inmates of THE SNAKE PIT.

All of the sets look like leftovers from THE LETTER which took place on a rubber plantation. Still, for all its faults, this little programmer delivers some interesting melodramatic moments.

And a scene-stealing monkey supplies some much needed humorous moments.


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