An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. ... See full summary »
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
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In November 1942, Camp Laguna in Yuma, Arizona started as a major training site for George S. Patton's armored units. It was one of fourteen such camps built in the southwestern deserts to train United States troops during World War II. It was a major training facility for units engaged in combat during the 1942-1943 North African campaign. The desert was extremely suitable for the large-scale maneuvers necessary to prepare inexperienced American soldiers for combat against the highly trained and much feared German Afrika Korps in the North African desert. See more »
One of the dog-tags held by Gunn at the end is from a US soldier, but the name on the tag is 'George Sperry' of Hollywood. There was no character of that name on the film. See more »
Sgt. Joe Gunn:
Yeah. They'd want to know. Halliday, Doyle, Tambul, Williams, Stegman, Frenchie, Clarkson. We stopped them at El Alamein.
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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 »
When Hollywood Used To Know How Good Movies Were Made
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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