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Prisoners of the Casbah (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 3 November 1953 (USA)
A typical Sam Katzman sand-and-sandals saga that is better than his later "Harem Scarum" only because this one doesn't have Elvis Presley. Gloria Grahame is the princess, Turhan Bey is the ... See full summary »

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Ahmed
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Paul Newlan ...
1st Thief (as Paul E. Newlan)
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Lucille Barkley ...
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Gloria Saunders ...
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Abdullah (as Eddy Fields)
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A typical Sam Katzman sand-and-sandals saga that is better than his later "Harem Scarum" only because this one doesn't have Elvis Presley. Gloria Grahame is the princess, Turhan Bey is the Captain of the Guard and Cesar Romero is the oily villain who has his sights set on Gloria and her father's throne. Romero and his henchmen cause Gloria, disguised as a boy (what a waste!), and Turhan to flee to the Casbah, where they plot to strike back at Romero. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Aihmalotoi tis Casbah  »

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Sandlot Shenanigans
3 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh Brother! Gloria Grahame either crossed the wrong person or was fulfilling a contractual obligation to have ended up in this bargain basement sandlot soap opera.

That this piece of tripe was her follow up to her career best performance in The Big Heat is something that boggles the mind. She's strictly phoning it in, not even attempting to do more than the script asks of her. Who can blame her? The decidedly down market Turhan Bey and Cesar Romero may not be on her level talent wise but they seem to understand the spirit needed to make this kind of escapist fare work better than she.

The story, what there is of it, is the usual power struggle for control of a mythical kingdom. It's colorful, doesn't bear any scrutinizing for sense but if it's a rainy day and you're in the mood for a mindless escape this would fit the bill.


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