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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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Complete credited cast:
Fred Clarkson
Sgt. Major Tambul
Richard Aherne ...
Capt. Jason Halliday (as Richard Nugent)
Carl Harbord ...
Marty Williams
Patrick O'Moore ...
Osmond 'Ozzie' Bates
Louis Mercier ...
Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
Guy Kingsford ...
Peter Stegman
Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
Maj. Von Falken


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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A mighty story of adventure, courage and glory in the desert!...tender human emotion...triumphant action...matchless thrills...a memorable entertainment experience! See more »


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Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Port Said  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000, 31 December 1943
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As Hollywood did not have access to proper German uniforms, they recycled WWI uniforms. An example is the German helmets, which have large bolts around the crowns. See more »


In the scene when the Italian POW is helping work on the tank, Bogart's character is tightening a nut with an adjustable wrench (Cresent). The camera angle shifts to another view of the scene and he is tightening the same nut with a non-adjustable wrench. The camera angle shifts back to the original view, the Sergeant is again using the adjustable wrench. See more »


Waco Hoyt: I see you whittled them down a bit.
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Yeah...they whittled us down too.
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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.

History has proved that they learned their lesson well - - See more »


Referenced in Biography: Humphrey Bogart (2003) See more »


Oh! Susanna
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore.
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A Tough Gritty Desert War Movie
10 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Bogart does well as an American tank commander early in WW II coming across some retreating British infantry. They later make a dramatic last stand against the attacking Germans.

Two actors make this movie a standout. J. Carroll Naish was of Irish descent, and he never played an Irishman in his long and great career as an actor. Check his movies and look for his great performances. Here he is magnificent as a tormented and disillusioned Italian prisoner (a German ally) who has to fianlly decide if he'll fight with the Germans or stand with the Allies, who could have let him die in the desert.

Rex Ingram was a fine black actor who here plays a Sudanese soldier in British colonial service. The depiction of a heroic black soldier was rare during World War Two (see my review of "Bataan"). He too was memorable. It's a fine film and worth catching whenever you can find it.

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