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The Black Tent (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War, Romance | July 1957 (USA)
In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.

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Col. Sir Charles Holland
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Capt. David Holland
Anna Maria Sandri ...
Mabrouka ben Yussef (as Anna Maria Sandri)
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Sheik Salem ben Yussef (as Andre Morell)
Terence Sharkey ...
Daoud Holland
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Ali
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Maj. Croft
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Ambassador Baring
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Sheik Faris
Paul Homer ...
Khalil ben Yussef
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Senior Nazi Officer
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Koch - Junior Nazi Officer
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Dying Soldier (scenes deleted)
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In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.

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Italian actress Anna Maria Sandri's English was so poor that her dialogue had to be completely dubbed by Nanette Newman, wife of the film's screenwriter, Bryan Forbes. Forbes himself played a dying enemy soldier, a role that took three days to shoot, but the footage ended up on the cutting room floor See more »

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Sabratha, the Roman ruins are by the sea, whereas it is established that the Bedouin camp is in the desert. See more »

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The Mystery Is How They Could String It Out For Two Hours
13 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This film can be summed up as follows: sumptuous photography; turgid plot; wooden acting.

The mystery is how they could string it out for two hours. The story is that there isn't a story - it's just a travelogue across the Libyan desert. Michael Craig, who was hot property in British cinema back then, is a blacked-up Arab sheik and has no lines that I can remember. Blink and you miss him. I just couldn't work out what Anthony Steele would see in the love interest. Donald Sinden looks as though he has the mood of someone who has got out of bed the wrong side every morning of the shoot.

The only thing that must have stopped this from bombing at the box office was the novelty for the cinema-going public in grey, smog-ridden 1950s Britain of seeing 'real', 'desert' sand in colour, something they could have done on the sea front at Clacton or Bournemouth.


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