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The Garden of Allah (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 19 November 1936 (USA)
The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk.

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Robert Hichens (novel), W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Domini Enfilden
Charles Boyer ... Boris Androvsky
Tilly Losch ... Irena
Basil Rathbone ... Count Ferdinand Anteoni
C. Aubrey Smith ... Father J. Roubier
Joseph Schildkraut ... Batouch
John Carradine ... Sand Diviner
Alan Marshal ... Capt. De Trevignac
Lucile Watson ... Mother Superior Josephine
Henry Brandon ... Hadj
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Storyline

Domini, an heiress who has led a cloistered life, visits the North African desert for spiritual renewal. There she meets Boris, recently escaped from a Trappist monastery. Their friendship ripens into love, but he conceals his past from her. Then in a remote oasis, they meet a man who knows his secret. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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desert | monk | monastery | secret | oasis | See All (43) »

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They loved each other with the fierceness of those who have been denied love! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Garten Allahs See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the actors David O. Selznick considered and tested for the role of the monk Boris Androvsky before casting Charles Boyer were Robert Taylor, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, George Brent, Laurence Olivier, Fredric March, Brian Aherne, Noël Coward, Maurice Evans, Robert Donat, Ivor Novello, John Gielgud and Jean Gabin. See more »

Goofs

As the abbot and the major are walking down the hall, the shadow of the boom microphone keeps pace with them on the lower left. See more »

Quotes

Batouch: If only I could teach you English. Its the only language low enough to describe you. Hadj... I want to go home. I hate the desert...
Hadj: I want go home. I hate desert.
Batouch: Allah be praised. At last.
[Runs to Domini]
Batouch: Madame, Madame,
Domini Enfilden: Yes, Batouch.
Batouch: Madame, Everyday we go further and further into the desolation. And, I, but, please don't think that I complain, Madame. But, its Hadj here and all the others. They're all complaining. They all want to go back. Ask him for yourself, Madame. So great is his ...
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Featured in Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6
(1825)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Played on an organ at the wedding
Reprised as background music in the desert
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This is a very good movie
29 May 2006 | by essayons1See all my reviews

In terms of visual beauty this movie is outstanding! I had no idea that Technicolor came out so early. Although I didn't like the ending, the entire movie is fantastic and makes me wish that I was in North Africa. The cast is excellent and Marlene Dietrich is a big plus and of course she is so alluring and I just loved her in this flick. Basil Rathbone is also perfect in this movie. I couldn't get over the scenery and the sets... The hotel, the palm trees, the desert, it's all there... the legionnaires also bring a "Beau Geste" feeling to the film. They certainly don't make movies like these anymore. Don't fail to watch this classic!


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