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Yankee Pasha (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 9 April 1954 (Finland)
In 1800, trapper Jason Starbuck falls for Massachusetts girl Roxana but has to rescue her from slavery when sea pirates capture Roxana and sell her to a Moroccan harem.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roxana Reil
Lilith - Harem Slave
Hal March ...
Hassan Sendar
Omar Id-Din (as Bart Roberts)
Bassan Sa'id
Tudor Owen ...
Elias Derby
Dick Bailey
U.S. Consul Richard O'Brien
John Daheim ...
First Mate Miller (as John Day)
Christiane Martel ...
Harem girl (as Miss Universe France)
Myrna Hansen ...
Harem girl (as Miss United States)


Salem, Massachusetts, 1800. Mountaineer Jason Starbuck rides into town with furs to sell and dreams to fulfill. He falls in love with Roxana, who breaks her previous engagement and leaves for France to await Jason. Roxana's ship is attacked by pirates and she is sold into slavery in Morocco. Jason follows her to Morocco and must win the support of the sultan in order to continue his efforts to locate and rescue her. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Every passionate moment of the strangest adventure ever told !


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Release Date:

9 April 1954 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

In den Kerkern von Marokko  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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His lady love
18 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I once read somewhere that when Jeff Chandler completed Yankee Buccaneer in 1952 there were a lot of action sequences left over. Like any other studio Universal never let anything go to waste so two years later Chandler wound up filming Yankee Pasha.

Fans of the stars should like Yankee Pasha. It's a romance novel about a frontiersman who follows his lady love across the Atlantic Ocean after a misunderstanding about the lady's true intentions. Rhonda Fleming is captured by Barbary Pirates and as redheads are a premium she catches the eye of Rex Reason the head of the Ottoman Sultan's local Jannisary forces in Morocco. His troops even have the Sultan of Morocco somewhat intimidated, the Moroccan Sultan being Lee J. Cobb.

Jeff Chandler is not going to let an ocean or Moslem custom about women Christian captives interfere with his pursuit of his lady love. Not even the Sultan's present of Mamie Van Doren to Chandler deters him one wit from his mission.

Van Doren is as annoying to the audience as she was to Chandler with her constant cackling. She was a beauty no doubt, but her acting talent left a lot to be desired. But this film isn't any great work of art. Blonds and redheads certainly add some spice to any harem.

If you like romance novels and are fans of the stars Yankee Pasha should work for you.

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