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William R. Cox (screenplay)
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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)
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
In every respect one of the best adventures in the genre, 7 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

Neither Victor Mature nor Mari Blanchard are ideal for their parts, in my judgment. But the main plot of this film, the secret mission of Antar and his spymaster boss to uncover the tremendous plot being hatched by Leon Askin and Guy Rolfe, is one worthy of a great movie. In league with a bandit chief, they are threatening the rule of Haroun-al-Raschid himself. Blanchard's identity is finally revealed in a beautifully-written scene that neither actor is quite master enough of classical acting to realize fully; but the scene and the film are complete with double-entendres, character revelations and the smoldering beginning of an important love relationship. The film also has fine parts for: a seller who becomes Mature's friend; Mature's boss (Ludwig Donath) who is stalwart, intelligent, loyal and liable to capture and torture; and the wife of the Wazir's brother, beautifully played as always by Virginia French, who provides Blanchard with a rival and the film with some great lines. Mileage is even gotten out of a band of wrestlers of whom Mature is in command to complete his mission, including young James Arness and Dewey Martin. If you don't like this one, lively films with intelligent adventure that are well-directed and with very good dialogue are not for you.

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