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19 December 1951 (USA) See more »
Warrior sheik and desert beauty in a tale of fiery love and high adventure ! See more »
An Arabian-nights princess and a Bedouin chief contend over possession of a stallion, but unite to oppose the Corsair Lords. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not her Maureen's Best, but her beauty & presence is always a pleasure! See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maureen O'Hara ... Princess Tanya

Jeff Chandler ... Tamerlane
Maxwell Reed ... Prince Medina

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Borka Barbarossa (as Lon Chaney)
Buddy Baer ... Hakim Barbarossa

Richard Egan ... Captain Fezil

Dewey Martin ... Yak

Royal Dano ... Basra
Susan Cabot ... Clio
Judith Braun ... Calu

Henry Brandon ... Malik
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Neville Brand ... Kral

Richard Hale ... King Chandra
Tony Barr ... Malat (uncredited)
Frederic Berest ... Ibid (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Alhena (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Guard (uncredited)
Leon Charles ... Huntsman (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Court Physician (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Naja (uncredited)
Cindy Garner ... Elaine (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Ayub (uncredited)
Joseph Kamaryt ... Court Physician (uncredited)
Noreen Michaels ... Zara (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Captain of Guards (uncredited)
Lillian Ten Eyck ... Elaine's Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald Drayson Adams 

Produced by
Leonard Goldstein .... producer
Ross Hunter .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Russell Metty 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Bernard Herzbrun 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lew Leary .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Richard DeWeese .... sound
John W. Rixey .... sound
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Lucille House .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip H. Lathrop .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Harold Belfer .... choreographer
Leon Charles .... dialogue director
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Mahmud Shaikhaly .... technical advisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flame of the Desert" - USA (alternative title)
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77 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not her Maureen's Best, but her beauty & presence is always a pleasure!, 17 August 2007
Author: vleonica ( from Wales

I am writing this because another wrote a throughly shoddy review which is undeserved; complaining about hair color & other unimportant things, whilst going on & on about Maria Montez, not that I am being disrespectful towards her, not at all, but as much as I too enjoyed the Jon Hall/Maria Montez movies, but ne'er could Maria Montez ever compare to Maureen O'Hara. I just this moment, finished watching the movie 'Bagdad', this other reviewer wrote a similar review for that movie also & it is just a pitiful.

I do not consider any of the parts overacted, nor do I find it odd for a Bedouin princess princess to have Flaming Red Hair. Where did it say that she was Bedouin, only a Bedouin princess. For all we know her mother could be Irish (like Maureen), just as Cleopatra VII had no Egyptian blood within her veins, or more currently, (1810) the current dynasty of Sweden (the Bernadottes) originally were French (Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, a Marshall of France, during the time of Napoleon I), was elected heir to King Charles XIII of Sweden.

But aside from these justifications regarding hair color, we must remember that things like hair color are not important things to consider when reviewing a movie, but only whether or the the movie was entertaining. In that regard I can say that I shan't be clambering to see this one again, or 'Bagdad' either. The sets were beautiful, the costumes even more so, but the movie itself, just wasn't that good. But this is the fault of the script, not any other.

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