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Flame of Araby (1951)

An Arabian-nights princess and a Bedouin chief contend over possession of a stallion, but unite to oppose the Corsair Lords.

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Prince Medina
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Borka Barbarossa (as Lon Chaney)
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Calu
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Malik
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In a mythical, medieval North Africa (looking a lot like California) a Bedouin chief named Tamerlane is seeking to capture the magnificent wild stallion Shazada when he meets tomboyish Princess Tanya of Tunis. When the two meet again in Tunis, Tamerlane has run afoul of the barbaric Corsair Lords, one of whom Tanya's wicked cousin is forcing her to marry. To avoid this dire fate, Tanya must arrange for a "dark horse" to win the forthcoming great race...which means a battle of wits between Tanya and Tamerlane, taking romantic overtones... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Warrior sheik and desert beauty in a tale of fiery love and high adventure ! See more »

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19 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Flame of the Desert  »

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1.37 : 1
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While learning her moves for a dance scene, Susan Cabot told choreographer Harold Belfer that she didn't think she was moving her feet correctly. Beifer told her, "With a figure like yours, the only person who'll look at your feet will be Arthur Murray". See more »

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Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997) See more »

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Stretching an Arabian tale to its limit!
18 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Your enjoyment of this will depend on your ability to swallow the preposterous liberties the studios took with casting in the 50's. In this instance we have the Irish Maureen O'Hara, slight lilt intact, and the Jewish Jeff Chandler playing an Arabian princess and a Bedouin chieftain respectively racing around what is obviously the California desert standing in for the Sahara.

Queen of Technicolor Maureen is breathtaking and Jeff properly rugged but most of the acting tends towards woodenness. If you appreciate the campiness of that scenario than this is harmless fun, all others beware.


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