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Sahara (I) (1943)

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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall ... See full summary »

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Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
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Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

According to the 'Hollywood Reporter', this movies premiere was held at Camp Campbell (aka Fort Campbell) in Kentucky. This event was included as part of a program to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the formation of the IV Armored Corps of the Army Ground Forces, United States Army. See more »

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One of the machine guns shown is an M1917A1 Browning belt fed, water cooled machine gun. The gun has an eight pint cooling system that is recycled via hose to a reservoir. In this film there is no hose or reservoir visible; even though the gun is fired at length. See more »

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Giuseppe: My wife, my wife and bambino, that's my baby.
Capt. Jason Halliday: It's a nice picture. You must be very proud of them. I'll see what I can do.
[Walks over to tank]
Capt. Jason Halliday: Sgt. I'd wish you'd change your mind. This man is a prisoner of war and, as such, he is entitled to certain rights. We've got to take him with us. We can't leave him here to die. If we ask the men I'm sure they'd agree.
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Mm-hum. They'd agree now. What about when they're starving to death and dyin' of thirst? It's why you put me in command. To look ahead.
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When Hollywood Used To Know How Good Movies Were Made
16 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One thing to know about this enduring minor classic is that it was never included in the Harvard University based eggheaded revival of Bogart films. The super-brains there only recognized Warner-Bogart movies, never those made by Columbia; even though several of Bogart's best were Columbia Pictures and African Queen and Barefoot Contessa were United Artists.

Columbia took a B-movie sized budget, a great story, excellent acting and made a classic which had a shelf-life in theaters and TV in excess of 40 years. The story was good enough to be remade as a western in 1953 called Last of the Comanchees. Two years ago, Hollywood used the same title (Sahara) to produce a huge budget color adventure movie (but with an altogether story). With unlimited resources and today's alleged high tech, Hollywood produced a mildly entertaining picture which had a shelf-life, not of 40 years, but way under 40 weeks.

The Bogart SAHARA isn't easy to find these days, but have a look on eBay or request it from Turner Classics. Timeless, it won't disappoint even after 63 years.


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