An American with a shady past joins with a morally-bankrupt Irishman to find treasure buried by Arabs in a deserted mosque in the Sahara. The situation becomes complicated when they are surrounded by bellicose Bedouin bandits.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell
Rawhide (1951)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveler find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

In 1659, jeweler Gabriel Tavernier miscuts a diamond meant to surmount the coronation crown of Louis XIV. He's thrown into prison and his son, Jean, is sent to India, along with the Baron ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Fernando Lamas, Arlene Dahl, Gilbert Roland
The Locket (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Starring Lisa Edelstein and Brenda Song. The Pacific Rim's best bonded courier is tasked with delivering a bratty 15-year-old to her mother in the U.S. amid a bitter custody battle and escalating stakes.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Eva Bartok, Jörg Becker
Horror | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A master magician murders his greedy employer, who legally owns every trick he can invent, and finds himself having to kill again.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor
The Lodger (1944)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiances family and turns a happy household against itself.

Directors: John Brahm, John Cromwell, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Aline MacMahon
The Big Combo (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Cornel Wilde
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Stars: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell
Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A beautiful tavern-keeper finds herself getting caught up in a war between Italy and Turkey.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Maria Montez, Paul Hubschmid, Massimo Serato
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
John Gillmore
...
Robert Emmett Donovan
...
Insp. Levering
...
Aileen Donovan
...
Selby
...
Kamal (as Gonzales Gonzales)
...
Nora Nielson
Maurice Hill ...
Peters (as Maury Hill)
Jay Novello ...
Basim
Albert Carrier ...
MacMillan
Eileen Rowe ...
Lily
Edit

Storyline

An American with a shady past, John Gilmore and an Irishman without a conscience, Robert Emmett Donovan, are in search of hidden gold secreted in an old mosque by desert people during the Montgomery-Rommel fighting. Gilmore, a partner with Donovan in a bistro, learns of the gold from Shelby and the two plan to get it, but Donovan learns of it and, despite the arrival of his daughter, Aileen, who he has not seen since her childhood, joins Gilmore and Shelby. A jeep they steal puts Inspector Levering on their trail and he sets out after them, with Aileen, in a plane. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

desert | buried treasure | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Four frightened people...ten terrifying hours! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Adventure | Crime

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La moschea nel deserto  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The last music score for RKO by Roy Webb, who had been with the studio since 1929. See more »

Soundtracks

Bengazi
Written by Murray Arnold
Performed by Murray Arnold and the Jamsters
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bengazi doesn't sizzle, it fizzles
11 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our protagonists meet at a gin joint located in North Africa. With some jaunty piano music playing in the background, they trade lines. It might remind you of another film starring Bogie.

The local police authority tries to intervene in the plot, working from his nourish office, where a desk fan casts long shadows.

The female lead, played by Mala Powers, sports an accent and some resemblance to Ingrid Bergman.

Eventually, the action moves from its Casablanca-like setting to the middle of the vast desert, where an old mosque is being swallowed by the sands next to a small oasis. It's treasure they seek.

Greed drives this vehicle about selfishness and sacrifice and what might even be love. The "action", if we can call it that, is sparse. The actors are less than compelling. And the plot of this second feature offers no one you might consider a hero.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
More 'Johnny's' by Mala Powers than by Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1943) ? kelkyl
Discuss Bengazi (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?