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Release Date:
July 1957 (USA) See more »
In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack. | Add synopsis »
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Well it's more multi-coloured than black. See more (7 total) »


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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 ... Maj. 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
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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Additional Details

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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 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 floorSee more »
Errors in geography: 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Well it's more multi-coloured than black., 9 March 2015
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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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