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The Black Tent -- Set in the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off Nazi attack.


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Bryan Forbes (screenplay)
Robin Maugham (screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1957 (USA) See more »
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Donald Sinden ... Col. Sir Charles Holland
Anthony Steel ... Capt. David Holland
Anna-Maria Sandri ... Mabrouka ben Yussef (as Anna Maria Sandri)

André Morell ... Sheik Salem ben Yussef (as Andre Morell)
Terence Sharkey ... Daoud Holland

Donald Pleasence ... Ali
Ralph Truman ... Major Croft
Anthony Bushell ... Ambassador Baring
Michael Craig ... Sheik Faris
Paul Homer ... Khalil ben Yussef
Anton Diffring ... Senior Nazi Officer
Frederick Jaeger ... Koch, junior Nazi officer
Derek Sydney ... Interpreter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Forbes ... Dying Soldier (scenes deleted)
Alan Coleshill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nanette Newman ... Mabrouka (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Desmond Hurst 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bryan Forbes  screenplay
Robin Maugham  screenplay
Robin Maugham  story

Produced by
William MacQuitty .... producer (as William Macquitty)
Earl St. John .... executive producer
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alfred Roome 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George Provis 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson (dresses)
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist
Iris Tilley .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edward Joseph .... production manager (as Teddy Joseph)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hosgood .... assistant director
Patrick Clayton .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
Jack Stephens .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon K.McCallum)
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
Don Sharpe .... sound editor (as Donald Sharpe)
John Salter .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Reg Pope .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Paul Wilson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Bert Simmonds .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller: Pinewood Studios
Beryl Booth .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min | USA:83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Italian actress Anna-Maria Sandri's English was so poor, 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 floorSee more »
Anachronisms: The road where the ambush takes place is clearly a post - war build, having asphalt and neat chicane.See more »


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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Mystery Is How They Could String It Out For Two Hours, 13 September 2010
Author: CHRISTOPHER HEATH from United Kingdom

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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