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Sundown (1941)

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

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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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31 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Cuando muere el día  »

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Film debut of Woody Strode. See more »

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(at around 31 mins) The printed notice spells "defence" in American English, as "defense." 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
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Solid Drama With Interesting Settings & a Good Cast
30 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Interesting settings and a good cast contribute significantly to this solid drama about intrigue in the desert during the Second World War. In features Gene Tierney in a role that, while perhaps slightly oddly cast, makes particularly good use of her elegant beauty, and also gives her a good variety of material to work with.

The story starts with George Sanders, as a by-the-book British official, sent to take over a desert outpost previously run in a rather lax manner by Bruce Cabot's character. The two have to work out their disagreements over native policy while tracking down an Axis plot to supply arms to unfriendly natives. Tierney comes in as a half-Arab, half-English owner of an extensive trading network, bequeathed to her by her father. Both sides are naturally eager to have her work with them.

It's a good setup, and in general it makes good use of it. There are some good action scenes, but there is also some substance in the character development and in the cross-cultural interactions. The pace is steady, though it might miss a couple of good opportunities to switch into high gear, since there is never a feeling of any particular urgency until quite close to the end.

Sanders and Tierney are both in very good form, which is almost enough in itself to make the movie worth seeing. The story is good, and there is hardly a moment when something of interest is not going on.


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