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Release Date:
7 October 1953 (USA) See more »
For gold ! For glory ! For wild pagan lips ! See more »
Antar is sent by Suleiman, head of the Ottoman Empire, to Bagdad to prevent Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor Mature ... Antar
Mari Blanchard ... Selima
Virginia Field ... Rosanna

Guy Rolfe ... Kasseim

James Arness ... Targut (as Jim Arness)
Gregg Palmer ... Osman (as Palmer Lee)

Nick Cravat ... Ahmed
Ludwig Donath ... Kaffar
Jackie Loughery ... Handmaiden

Leon Askin ... Pasha Hammam
Howard Petrie ... Karsh
Charles Arnt ... Zapolya

Glenn Strange ... Mik-Kel
Thomas Browne Henry ... Mustapha the Wild
Sammy Stein ... Abdallah
David Sharpe ... Ben Ali (as Dave Sharpe)

Robert Blake ... Beggar boy (as Bobby Blake)
Charles Wagenheim ... Bedouin spy
Chester Hayes ... Wrestler
Thomas A. Renesto ... Wrestler
Hans Schnabel ... Wrestler
Vic Holbrook ... Wrestler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Avery ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Fred Carson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Dime ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ernie Flatt ... Dancer (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alan Jackson ... Acrobat (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Captain (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Pietila ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Minor Role (uncredited)
The Russ Saunders Troupe ... Dancing Troupe (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Soldier Guard (uncredited)
Paul Stathes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patty Taylor ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Messenger (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Stout Wrestler (uncredited)

Stuart Whitman ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sherman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William R. Cox  screenplay
William R. Cox  story

Produced by
Albert J. Cohen .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Russell Metty 
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Emrich Nicholson 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
Marshall Green .... assistant director (uncredited)
James Welch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Joe Lapis .... sound
Fred Carson .... stunt double
Patty Taylor .... stunt double: Mari Blanchard
Emile Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip H. Lathrop .... camera operator
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)
Other crew
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Eugene Loring .... choreographer
Herschel Daugherty .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow .... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)

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82 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Treachery lurks in Bagdad for Suleiman the Magnificent, 31 March 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Dashing Victor Mature all decked out in Middle eastern attire plays Antar, a confidential agent of Suleiman the Magnificent sent to investigate and put down a brewing insurrection in the Empire stemming from Bagdad. There the ruling Pasha is planning a revolution and he's taxing the people dry to pay for some freebooting desert tribes to join his movement.

In the meantime Victor Mature has gathered his own group of Merry Men to join him and you would have to be quite blind to not see the parallels with the Robin Hood saga transposed to the Middle East. The sheriff of Nottingham in the piece is Guy Rolfe and that's only right I suppose is Guy Rolfe who was Prince John in Ivanhoe. Rolfe is always a great villain as he was in that film and in this one. He's got a wife with a roving eye played by Virginia Field who Mature woos as part of his overall plan. And there's dancing girl Mari Blanchard with her own agenda regarding Rolfe.

The pasha stirring all this trouble up is Leon Askin who commits the horrible sin of trying to make a deal with the Venetian Republic. Mature speaking for his employer is aghast at the prospect.

This part really got to me because in history Suleiman the Magnificent had no problem at all in dealing with unbelievers. His main foreign policy concern was his battle with the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and to try and keep him in check made an alliance with the Kingdom of France and its King Francis I. Among other things Toulon was practically a Moslem naval base. In real life you take your allies as you find them. But Mature's horror at what Askin was doing threw me for a bit.

Usually Universal would cast Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler, or Tony Curtis of their contract stable for these Middle Eastern epics. Why they brought Mature in is beyond me because this is nothing special as regard to product from that studio. Still Vic's fans will be pleased.

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