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Lo squadrone bianco (1936)

Lieutenant Mario Ludovici, an army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Cristiana goes on the rocks. Ludovici is looked upon as a weakling ... See full summary »

Director:

Augusto Genina

Writer:

Joseph Peyré (novel) (as J. Peyré)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fulvia Lanzi Fulvia Lanzi ... Cristiana
Francesca Dalpe Francesca Dalpe ... Paola - l'amica di Cristiana
Fosco Giachetti ... Il capitano Santelia
Antonio Centa ... Il tenente Mario Ludovici
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... Il tenente Fabrizi
Olinto Cristina Olinto Cristina ... Il capitano Donati
Cesare Polacco Cesare Polacco ... El Fennek
Mohamed Ben Mabruk Mohamed Ben Mabruk ... Belkeir
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Storyline

Lieutenant Mario Ludovici, an army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Cristiana goes on the rocks. Ludovici is looked upon as a weakling by Captain Santelia, the hard-boiled commander of the troops, but after a bitter campaign against a rebel tribe Ludovici proves his true worth and returns as commander when Santelia is mortally wounded. Cristiana arrives and tries to entice him to return to Rome, but he decides to stay in Africa with the army. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

War | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

30 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Squadron See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roma Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In adapting the original French novel for an Italian film, the French soldiers in Algeria were changed to Italian soldiers in Libya. See more »

Connections

Featured in Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo
from "Inverno"
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed at the Basilica of Massenzio in a concert
Conducted by Bernardino Molinari
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Stiff Upper Lips, Italian Style
24 December 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Lieutenant Mario Ludovic (Antonio Centa) , and army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Christiana (Fulvia Lanzi)goes on the rocks.

Ludovic is looked upon as a weakling by Captain Santeliz (Fosco Giachetti), the hard-boiled commander of the troops, but after a bitter campaign against a rebel tribe Ludovic proves his true worth and returns as commander when Santeliz is mortally wounded.

Christinia arrives and tries to entice him to return to Rome, but he decides to stay in Africa with the army.

Shown in the U.S. in December, 1939 at NYC's Cinecitta Theatre, with Italian dialogue and no English titles. "The White Squadron" was a reviewers' translation only of the Italian title and was not used as an alternate title (on the film), since the film played in the U.S. under the original title


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