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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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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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An interesting idea, though its execution is a bit slow and dull. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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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, 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An interesting idea, though its execution is a bit slow and dull., 26 October 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"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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