A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

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Harry Smith
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Violette (as Marta Toren)
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Col. Feroud
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Gen. LaSalle
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Major Jean Leon
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Balukjiaan
Nick Dennis ...
Nasir Aboud
Onslow Stevens ...
Emir Hassan
Ludwig Donath ...
Flophouse Proprietor
David Bond ...
Achmet
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In 1925 Damascus Harry Smith runs guns to the rebels under Emir Hassan. The French arrest him along with others and force him to sell weapons to them. He develops an interest in French intelligence officer Feroud's mistress Violette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Beyond Casablanca... In Damascus... Destiny, in a low-cut gown, beckons from the Devil's Doorway! See more »

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13 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirocco - Zwischen Kairo und Damaskus  »

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According to actor Jamie Farr, the movie debuted on Saturday night at the Rivoli in his home town of Toledo. Most of Toledo's Arab-American community turned out to see it. As a scene where Bogart walks though a crowded bazaar begins to fade, an Arab voice is heard shouting, "Ya hallah deen bayak!" which caused most of the audience to collapse in laughter. The non-Arabs in the house did not understand why everyone else was laughing until the line was translated for them: "Goddamn your father!" See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, Col. Feroud walks around with Maj. Leon. Then they stop for a while and Leon takes the cigarette from his mouth with his left hand. In the next shot, he takes the cigarette from mouth again, this time with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Harry Smith: I sure thought you were a goner.
Col. Feroud: Buying my freedom was your idea, I suppose.
Harry Smith: Yes, it was.
Col. Feroud: Why did you do it? I should think you'd want to see me out of the way.
Harry Smith: I made a little money on the deal.
Col. Feroud: I see.
Harry Smith: I saved your life and you seem to resent it.
Col. Feroud: I do.
Harry Smith: Maybe you should have had me shot after all.
Col. Feroud: I agree.
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Referenced in Masters of Sex: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2014) See more »

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"How can anyone so ugly be so handsome?"
29 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(Marta Toren to Bogie)....what a great line! I'm surprised it hasn't gone down in the lexicon of great movie quips...and it captures perfectly the paradoxical mystery of Bogie's eternal charm, as well as the mystery of how an essentially mediocre film can be redeemed by its own dry, sardonic charm (due largely to help from fine supporting players as much as from Bogie), some great B/W photography, and a persistently downbeat refusal to push any sort of patriotic agenda.(adding greatly to that charm quotient.) The postwar noir influence is in fine fettle here. So Bogie doesn't exactly have a great motivation for his final decision? He just changed his mind, that's all. Take it or leave it. "I've taken long chances before. Okay." What could be better than that? It's the way people act every day. Every good critical eye without a mote in it knows that this film is safely and securely within the universe of the best product Hollywood ever put out, a great, mordant, counterweight universe to the unwatchable sap they themselves were producing right alongside it. "Sirocco" is not even really that minor a star in that universe. Good, good, good.


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