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Sundown (1941)

Approved | | Drama, War | 31 October 1941 (USA)
In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

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Zia
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Dewey
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Pallini
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Turner
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Abdi Hammud
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Bishop Coombes (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Miriami
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Kipsang
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Kipsang's Wife
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Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Her beauty was a challenge to adventure !

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31 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Cuando muere el día  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 29 July 1950. See more »

Goofs

When Kipsang is being buried, the soldiers are ordered to reverse their rifles (pointing down to the ground as a sign of respect). However when the coffin is being lowered into the ground the soldiers' rifles are resting in their shoulders in the usual position. No order was given to change the position of the rifles and probably would not have been given until after the coffin was lowered. See more »

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Referenced in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980) See more »

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O God Our Help in Ages Past
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Words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
Sung in church at the London church service
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Wartime in East Africa
18 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Sanders, Bruce Cabot, Harry Carey, Reginald Gardner and Gene Tierney star in "Sundown," a 1941 film.

"Sundown" takes place in East Africa during World War II, but before the U.S. entered the conflict. The British, seeking to control the African colonies, find out that the Czechs are smuggling in guns to one of the tribes. An Arab merchant's daughter (Tierney) pretends to side with the German element in order to get at the truth.

I have no idea why this film is on DVD except to show the ravishingly beautiful Gene Tierney. And ravishingly beautiful she was - her looks are the best thing about this film. The film itself is boring, and the script not very good. None of the characters are really fleshed out well enough so that we care about them, with the possible exception of the Italian prisoner of war, Pallini, played by Joseph Calleia. Director Henry Hathaway manages to build some excitement into the final battle scenes.

Historically, the movie is interesting, with the U.S. filmmakers taking the side of the British here. Their control in Africa wouldn't always be so appreciated.


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