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The Black Tent (1956)

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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Complete credited cast:
Col. Sir Charles Holland
Capt. David Holland
Anna-Maria Sandri ...
Mabrouka ben Yussef (as Anna Maria Sandri)
Sheik Salem ben Yussef (as Andre Morell)
Terence Sharkey ...
Daoud Holland
Ralph Truman ...
Maj. Croft
Ambassador Baring
Sheik Faris
Paul Homer ...
Khalil ben Yussef
Senior Nazi Officer
Frederick Jaeger ...
Koch - Junior Nazi Officer
Derek Sydney ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Forbes ...
Dying Soldier (scenes deleted)


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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July 1957 (USA)  »

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A Tenda Negra  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Fredrick Jaeger'. See more »


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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An interesting idea, though its execution is a bit slow and dull.
26 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Black Tent" begins with a man in Britain being told that his brother, the heir to the family fortune, MIGHT still be alive in North Africa--over a decade after he was assumed to have died fighting in WWII. However, when he tracks down the Bedoins who sheltered and healed him during the war, they deny having any other knowledge of him. After he leaves, however, he finds his brother's diary--someone had stuck it in his belongings in order to let him know the truth. Most of what follows is a flashback--flashbacks where you learn that the brother was like a son to the Chief and that he even eventually married the man's daughter! But the story goes beyond that--he even organized the locals into a small guerrilla army which attacked Axis troops! What happened next? See the film.

By far the best thing about this movie is the location shooting. The amazing ruins at Sabratha, Libya serve as a backdrop as is the nearby desert. However beautiful this is, however, the story itself isn't that captivating. Now it isn't because the idea is bad--it's not. But he execution seemed very plodding and flat. The writing could have been better and the actors a bit more charismatic. Still, a watchable adventure tale that is reasonably watchable.

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