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Missing Husbands (1921)

L'Atlantide (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery | 28 May 1921 (France)
Two men, lost in the desert, meet Queen Antinea, ruler of Atlantis.


Jacques Feyder


Pierre Benoît (novel), Jacques Feyder




Credited cast:
Jean Angelo ... Capt. Morhange
Stacia Napierkowska ... Queen Antinea
Georges Melchior ... Lt. de Saint-Avit
Marie-Louise Iribe ... Tanit-Zerga
Abd-el-Kader Ben Ali Abd-el-Kader Ben Ali ... Cegheir ben Cheik
Mohamed Ben Noui Mohamed Ben Noui ... Guide Bou-Djema
Paul Franceschi Paul Franceschi ... Archivist
André Roanne ... Segheïr ben Cheïkh
Genica Missirio ... Capt. Aymard
René Lorsay René Lorsay ... Lt. Olivier Ferrières
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbier Barbier
Chatelain Chatelain
Émile Daltour Émile Daltour
David David
Fernand Ledoux


Two men, lost in the desert, meet Queen Antinea, ruler of Atlantis.

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The first French production filmed on location in North Africa. See more »


While Tanit-Zerga is buried by Saint-Avit, her chest can be seen to move ostensibly due to her breathing. See more »


Remade as Journey Beneath the Desert (1961) See more »

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A Film About Earthly But Lost Paradises
13 November 2007 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

Longhaired youngsters tend to believe that the aristocratic life is dissipated, eccentric and decadent and although that usual thinking is almost true, this German count finds life very hard, especially when it comes to combining his love of silents and his fondness for drinking. Such complications!

However, sometimes, among the nitrates settled at the Schloss cellar, a superb silent film comes along that gives the chance for this German count to enjoy, finally and the same time, both his beloved hobbies. One such film is "L'Atlantide", directed by Herr Jacques Feyder ( the perfect reason to enjoy this silent film ). The film tells the story of two French officers, Captain Morhange ( Herr Jean Angelo ) and Lieutenant Saint-Avit ( Herr Georges Melchior ) who get lost in the Sahara desert ( giving this German count the excuse to drink cocktails nonstop because of the dry setting ) and become the prisoners of the mysterious Queen of Atlantis, Dame Antinea ( Dame Stacia Napierkowska ).

This excellent film, directed by one of the most important silent French directors of his time, is full of mystery, comradeship, unrequited loves and jealousies, not to mention that it is a superb adventure film based on the successful novel by Herr Pierre Benoît and mixes all the ingredients successfully.

The story of the film is related as a long flashback ( as long as the oeuvre, almost 3 hours but the audience doesn't notice ) in which strange happenings and mysterious adventures will be suffered by our heroes in the desert ( Herr Feyder filmed in the Sahara desert itself, an audacious move for those early times ) and in the mysterious Atlantis.

Besides the enthralling Sahara scenery ( a main character in itself ) the film also had lavish settings that give the kingdom of Atlantis a fascinating and at the same time a dangerous feeling . And of course there is the cruel Queen Antinea, a kind of mantis whose charms no man can resist ( well, Herr Morhange seems more interested in his companion that in the exuberant Queen… ). Some compelling moments, such as the death of Captain Morhange and the inevitable disappearance of the city of Gôa, give the film a lyrical and disturbing atmosphere of misfortune that fits perfectly. "L'Atlantide" emerges as a film about earthly but lost paradises, especially with that evocative and magnificent scene that closes the film.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must fall into the arms of that wicked Queen.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/

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Release Date:

28 May 1921 (France) See more »

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Missing Husbands See more »

Filming Locations:

Touggourt, Algeria See more »


Box Office


FRF1,800,000 (estimated)
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