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The Steel Lady (1953)

 |  Action, Drama  |  9 October 1953 (USA)
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Cameron finds a tank buried in the Arabian desert during WWII, and proceeds to attack the arabs with it.

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Complete credited cast:
Rod Cameron ...
Mike Monahan
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Bill Larson
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Sid Barlowe
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Jim Evans
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Mustafa el Melik
Frank Puglia ...
Sheik Taras
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Christopher Dark ...
Ibrahim
Dick Rich ...
Gus Sanderson
Charles Victor ...
Sanderson's Radio Man
Carmen D'Antonio ...
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Surviving a plane crash in the Sahara, four oilmen find and manage to repair a German Afrika Corps tank which had been buried in the sand since WWII. Heading toward a French Foreign Legion outpost, they encounter a nomadic Arab tribe who believe the oilmen have found the treasure of Calipha, a rival Arab leader. If trying to acquire the jewels by guile doesn't work, the Arabs are prepared to kill the oilmen to get the stolen treasure. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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9 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Spur in der Wüste  »

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When the engines are turned off, and the plane finally comes in for a "wheels-Up" skiing landing on the sand, very little g-forces are shown by the cast when the plane touches down. Furthermore, in the dialog between the crew, it is stated that they would never be able to fly out because the nose of the plane was buried in the sand. The very next scene has the plane sitting in a normal stance as if it had landed with the wheels-down and the nose in the air clear from sand. See more »

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An Adult Movie For Children
10 April 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

I strongly suspect that the reason so many people like this film is that they remember it from years ago, when they were children. Not having seen it since I was a child I feel a little uncomfortable going into either its plot or its virtues except to say that I was tremendously fond of this film and saw it at least twice in its entirety on television. It is a low budget early fifties war movie set in the desert. There is nothing remarkable about it except that it's entertaining.

What I do remember is how creatively the low budget was used, and how this was turned into an asset since there are only a few major characters and they are isolated most of the time. The thing is, kids don't like having anything shoved down their throats by adults. Kids, at least of my generation, would tolerate just so much of the Disney-Captain Kangaroo-Howdy Doody stuff, then they'd go crazy. They'd do anything to break up the monotony of wholesomeness,--smash windows, hang from railroad bridges by their fingers, torture the cat--just as long as it wasn't what they were supposed to be doing. Where television and movies were concerned, this meant watching something you weren't supposed to watch. The problem was that Perry Mason bored children to tears; and besides, there was no air of the forbidden to it.

But once in a while one would stumble across something that was adult, more or less, and really rang the bell. The Steel Lady is a good example of a movie that probably didn't work too well for adults but was magic for children. They could understand it, since it was all about escape. It was set in an exotic place, which made it automatically exciting, and there was a closeness that developed between the characters simply because they were stuck together and had to make the best of a bad situation, one not unlike the ones children face all the time, except that most of us didn't have the good fortune to travel across the Sahara in a tank.


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