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Moon Over Morocco (1931)

Les cinq gentlemen maudits (original title)
Five gentlemen are on vacation in Morocco ;one of them takes off a Muslim girl's veil and the sorcerer curses them :before the full moon,all of them will die.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Julien Duvivier, André Reuze (novel)
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Credited cast:
Harry Baur ... M. de Marouvelle
René Lefèvre ... Jacques Le Guérantec
Rosine Deréan ... Françoise
Robert Le Vigan ... Donald Strawber
Marc Dantzer Marc Dantzer ... Sydney Woodland
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... Le capitaine Lawson
Jacques Erwin Jacques Erwin ... Midlock
Allan Durant Allan Durant ... Le sorcier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Odette Barencey Odette Barencey ... Fille du sorcier
Mady Berry Mady Berry ... Stéphanie, la gouvernante
Manou Manou ... Danseuse avec le serpent
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Five gentlemen are on vacation in Morocco ;one of them takes off a Muslim girl's veil and the sorcerer curses them :before the full moon,all of them will die.They do not take it seriously And they begin to die indeed:one gets drowned,the second is killed in a plane wreck,the third is stabbed to death in Volubilis ruins. - And then there were two..Might the curse be true?Both survivors begin to be afraid .They will solve the mystery,after finding the sorcerer.

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The history of the film was almost as cursed as the characters in the story are.Baur,s wife died.The crew got sick,with Duvivier coming down with typhoid.The Production relocated to indoor sets at the Epinay studio in France, which caught on fire.Finally, when the movie premiered later in New York, the print itself burned. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Die fünf verfluchten Gentlemen (1932) See more »

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Before the full moon,the five of you will die.....
24 December 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...first you,then you,then...and you the last!In Morocco where they spend their vacation,one of the five gentlemen of the title tries to take off a young Moroccan girl's veil:up comes the sorcerer;he's cross and he curses the unfortunate young lads:before the full moon.... And they begin to die indeed:one gets drowned,the second is killed in a plane wreck,the third is stabbed to death in Volubilis ruins.... And then there were two...

Might the curse be true?

French critics generally hate this movie.Personally I love it.Call it Duvivier's holiday homework.He made the best of the splendid Moroccan landscapes .It was generally filmed on location and often seems like a blueprint for works to come,the celebrated "Pepe le Moko"notably :the aerial photographs of the roofs ,the hero ,more and more scared ,in the alleys of Fez (and Duvivier 's directing is as inventive as ever),the final chase where all the inhabitants of the town are involved .

The script is so exciting they could redo!Even the final unexpected twist,a thing that is so trendy nowadays, is present .And even if there are plot holes,do not forget it was filmed in 1931!

Harry-Baur's part is completely pointless,that's the main drawback.But all that remains will appeal to people who enjoy mystery,adventures comic strip and exoticism.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

26 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moon Over Morocco See more »

Filming Locations:

Fez, Morocco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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