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Desert Nights (1929)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 9 March 1929 (USA)
A con man and his beautiful accomplice kidnap a manager and steal $500,000 worth of diamonds, but end up stranded in the desert without water.

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William Nigh

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John T. Neville (story by) (as John Thomas Neville), Dale Van Every (story by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Hugh Rand
Ernest Torrence ... Lord Stonehill
Mary Nolan ... Lady Diana Stonehill
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Storyline

Hugh Roland is the manager of an African diamond mine, when Lord Stonehill and his daughter Diana arrive to visit the mine. He immediately takes a liking to the lovely Diana, but unfortunately they turn out to be imposters who seize a tray of diamonds and kidnap him while escaping to the desert. Not knowing how to survive in the desert, the two eventually must rely on Hugh to find water and get them out. Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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She hated him-scorned his advances- and then in the burning desert, he gave her his last precious drops of water! (Print Ad- Evening Record, ((Ellensburg, Wash.)) 8 June 1929)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirst See more »

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Silent (alternate version)| Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

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1.20 : 1
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John Gilbert's last silent film. Later that year he would make his disastrous sound debut in His Glorious Night (1929). See more »

Quotes

Hugh Rand: [referring to the hyenas] They'll eat everything but the buckle on your belt.
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Only John Gilbert fans will like this silent film with its unlikely robbery plot.
3 March 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

John Gilbert's charisma is evident here as the manager of a diamond mine in Capetown, South Africa, forced to accompany the five diamond thieves into the desert to prevent him from "squealing." Among the thieves are Ernest Torrence and Mary Nolan, who gained admittance to the mine in the first place by pretending to be the expected Lord Stonehill and Lady Diana. Although the acting was uniformly good, I found there were too many plot holes that distracted me and made me dislike the film ultimately. I did enjoy seeing the beautiful Mary Nolan, an actress I was not familiar with.

I was also bothered by the abbreviated print shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel, which ran only 62 minutes. The copyright length of the film indicated the film should have run 80 minutes at the sound speed. A cut was obvious at one point where Torrence suddenly acquired a gun, whereas Gilbert had the upper hand in the previous scene. Perhaps this is the only print available these days.


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