6.6/10
81
3 user 3 critic

Sudan (1945)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 18 April 1945 (USA)
Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Khartoum (1966)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon
Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson
Gypsy Wildcat (1944)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A wicked baron oppresses Gypsies but is fascinated by the beautiful Carla, who loves a stranger on a white horse.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Peter Coe
White Savage (1943)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A shark hunter falls in love with the beautiful ruler of a tropical island.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A boy prince, raised by forty thieves, takes revenge on the Mongol invaders who murdered his father and stole his kingdom.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey
Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A beautiful girl and a young physician fall in love in the midst of a family, and power struggle between rival princes of Upper and Lower Egypt. When all seems to turn to the better, a ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Tourjansky
Stars: Linda Cristal, Pierre Brice, Armando Francioli
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The caliph of Baghdad must go into hiding with a group of traveling performers when his brother usurps the throne. Both brothers desire a beautiful dancing girl, who is torn between power and true love.

Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu
Suddenly (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Chronicles the rise and fall of the woman who eventually became known as Queen Nefertiti.

Director: Fernando Cerchio
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Edmund Purdom
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Story-teller Aesop tries to help loony King Croesus and manages to fall in love on the way.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Merle Oberon, Turhan Bey, Thomas Gomez
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A detective tries to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young actress.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Patric Knowles, Maria Montez, Maria Ouspenskaya
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Herua
...
...
Horadef
...
Maatet
...
Setna (as Phil Van Zandt)
...
Uba
...
Bata
...
Khafra
Edit

Storyline

Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she seeks out rebel leader Herua. But through palace treachery, she herself is captured and enslaved. After various adventures, she finds herself rescued by (and attracted to) the very rebel she was seeking. Will gratitude or revenge win out? Gorgeous scenery and costumes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

LAWLESS LIPS OF LOVE... Lure of the Ruthless... Prize of the Boldest! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sudão  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Nebka: An unruly horse and a dangerous woman - only evil can come of this!
See more »

Soundtracks

THE CALL TO LOVE
Written by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
Sung by chorus and unseen male soloist
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Desert Romance with a Strong Western Generic Flavor
29 July 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Ostensibly set in the Arabian desert, the third in a series of highly profitable films produced by Universal with Maria Montez, Jon Hall, and Turhan Bey (the other two being ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942), and ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES (1944), SUDAN is a formulaic romance with a disguised princess sold into slavery (Montez), a rebel leader suspected of killing her father (Bey) and a pickpocket with romantic intentions (Hall) aided and abetted by his comic sidekick (Amdy Devine). Add to that George Zucco in one of his hissable villain roles - and ludicrous costumes - and you have all the ingredients for another rip-roaring epic with plenty of fights and a rousing musical score (by Milton Rosen).

In truth John Rawlins's production doesn't have much to do with the mystic East. Shot in and around Los Angeles, its chase-sequences, with horses galloping across the sun-drenched desert, have more in common with the Western. Likewise the shots of the lovers (Montez, Bey) embracing in the mountains at night, with the peaks stretching like fingers into cloudless skies.

The story has clear propaganda elements: at one point Bey's Herua talks about ridding the world of "evil hours" while ensuring that his people will make Naila (Montez) "forget what has happened." When the villains have been vanquished, and the lovers ride off into the sunset, a heavenly choir strikes up another patriotic song praising freedom that exists like "the wild wind," protecting a people "always proud and free," and "that's the way we will remain," "fighting together for ever." The two lovers might be non-white (in the accepted racial sense of the term), but Rawlins's film projects a transcultural message; in the peace following six years of bitter war everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, will be able to live together harmoniously.

This wish might be idealistic, but it provides a suitably climactic coda to a highly entertaining adventure that is more about America's future than elsewhere.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page