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Sahara (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 11 November 1943 (USA)
After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.

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Fred Clarkson
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Marty Williams
Patrick O'Moore ...
Osmond 'Ozzie' Bates
Louis Mercier ...
Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
Guy Kingsford ...
Peter Stegman
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Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
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Maj. Von Falken
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart had recently signed a new contract with Warner Brothers and one of the perks of his new deal was that he was allowed to act in one film per year outside of his home studio. Bogart quite liked Harry Cohn, head of Columbia Pictures, and decided that he would enjoy working on a Columbia produced film. Bogart's friendly relationship with Cohn was noteworthy, as many members of the film industry found Cohn to be notoriously unpleasant and abrasive. Bogart's decision to work for Columbia, even in a one film per year deal, was massive for the studio, which lacked the star power of its rivals. This film marked the first of several film collaborations between Bogart and Columbia Pictures, at the rate of one per year. While he was on loan to Columbia, Bogart was the studio's biggest star. See more »

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There are two flags flying on the tank Lulubelle. In the opening scene, the lower flag is shown as artificially erect (like the US flags on the moon), only to be shown moments later fully flapping in the wind. 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.
Capt. Jason Halliday: ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa to get experience in desert warfare under actual battle conditions.

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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
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Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore.
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Pedantic But Entertaining
6 November 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This Zoltan Korda-John Howard Lawson World War II curio is at times a superb war film, with fine pace, excellent location photography and some excellent, unflashy acting. It is a story in the tradition of The Lost Patrol, as experienced U.S. Sgt. Humphrey Bogart, in a tank, helps a motley crew of soldiers, mostly British, in search of either their unit, safety or water, whichever comes first. They wind up at a desert fort and are eventually attacked by a German regiment that is also desperate and thirsty, and some exciting action scenes of fighting and exhausted men are the result.

Bogart is his usual charismatic self in the lead, and the supporting cast is nearly as good, especially Bruce Bennett and J. Carrol Naish; the former is quiet and dignified, as was his custom, the latter typically flamboyant, but this time his florid acting is appropriate. Overall I like this movie a lot. Like all the best war films, it focuses on seemingly small things, such as well that has gone dry (or has it?), the glaring sun, the little stories of home life,--for once not corny. There is a black African solider who is treated as an equal, and well-acted by Rex Ingram. Now and again, though, the movie turns preachy, as a certain internationalist tendentiousness creeps in, which, even if one finds its agreeable, detracts somewhat from the exciting story and makes it at times feel like a tract on the need for cooperation among nations.


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