The French Foreign Legion battles rebellious Arabs in North Africa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. David Malcolm
Princess Zara
Sgt. Diepel
Jala the Wine Merchant
Pvt. Peter Ambrose Havers
John Smith ...
Pvt. Rex Tyle
Keith Larsen ...
El Zanal
Philip Tonge ...
Cpl. Sandy Mc Tosh
Peter Mamakos ...
Pvt. Lucia 'Lucky' Capella
Otto Waldis ...
Jarl Victor ...
Lt. Gina Mackie
Woloack - Radio Man
Aaron Saxon ...
Nico Minardos ...


The French Foreign Legion battles rebellious Arabs in North Africa.

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With the Howling Fury of a Thousand Sandstorms They Struck!




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Release Date:

27 February 1956 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Abrechnung in Fort Valeau  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.00 : 1
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John Carradine and Marla English
6 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1955's "Desert Sands" is a long forgotten United Artists programmer benefiting from its colorful action sequences. The legendary John Carradine stands out in a decent cast, as Arab wine merchant Jala, who ruthlessly targets his own brother for murder, done by marauders disguised as French Legionnaires. His niece (Marla English) and nephew (Keith Larsen) grow up just as he wanted, hating the French and constantly in attack mode. Keith Larsen's career virtually tanked by the next decade, such titles as "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" and "The Omegans" giving way to self-directed items like "Mission Batangas," "The Trap on Cougar Mountain," "Run to the High Country," "Young and Free," "Whitewater Sam," and his cult classic "Night of the Witches." In between hard bitten turns in "Big House, U. S. A." and the iconic "Kiss Me Deadly" (as Mike Hammer), Ralph Meeker actually gets to play a more likable hero. In just her second starring role, the gorgeous Marla English disappeared from the screen as quickly as she lit the fire, in a pair of low budget AIP horrors, "The She-Creature" and "Voodoo Woman." Philip Tonge would reunite with Carradine in his last film, 1959's "Invisible Invaders," but this was John's final appearance opposite J. Carrol Naish, from "Ramona," "Blood and Sand," "Waterfront," and "House of Frankenstein."

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