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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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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
Ralph Truman ...
Maj. Croft
Anthony Bushell ...
Ambassador Baring
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Sheik Faris
Paul Homer ...
Khalil ben Yussef
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Senior Nazi Officer
Frederick Jaeger ...
Koch - Junior Nazi Officer
Derek Sydney ...
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Bryan Forbes ...
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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July 1957 (USA)  »

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A Tenda Negra  »

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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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Well it's more multi-coloured than black.
9 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

But I'm just being facetious!

Brian Desmond Hurst directs, Anthony Steel and André Morell star, Bryan Forbes and Robin Maugham write, William Alwyn scores the music and Desmond Dickinson photographs in VistaVision Technicolor.

It looks lovely, the Libya locations amazing, yet it's a dull and uneventful movie. Story concerns Capt. David Holland (Steel), who during WWII in the North African campaign gets injured and winds up being nursed by some Bedouin natives. He promptly becomes part of the crowd, falls in love with the Sheik's daughter and instigates a repel the Nazis front with the natives. But what happened next? Holland's brother, Col. Sir Charles (Donald Sinden), travels to Libya to find out.

What he finds is obviously what we find out, that there's an inter racial romance at the heart of the story, some mistrust, loyalties born, a small scale battle and a double edged sword of a finale. It's all very contrived and mismatched, while some of the acting comes dangerously close to being parody supreme. Not good really and the tech guys deserve a better movie, and so do we. Oh well, if nothing else it obviously inspired Lawrence of Arabia. Hee hee hee. 5/10


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