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Suez (1938)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 October 1938 (USA)
Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Sam Duncan (story), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Ferdinand de Lesseps
Loretta Young ... Countess Eugenie de Montijo
Annabella ... Toni Pellerin
J. Edward Bromberg ... Prince Said
Joseph Schildkraut ... Vicomte Rene De Latour
Henry Stephenson ... Count Mathieu de Lesseps
Sidney Blackmer ... Marquis Du Brey
Maurice Moscovitch ... Mohammed Ali (as Maurice Moscovich)
Sig Ruman ... Sergeant Pellerin (as Sig Rumann)
Nigel Bruce ... Sir Malcolm Cameron
Miles Mander ... Benjamin Disraeli
George Zucco ... Prime Minister
Leon Ames ... Napoleon III - Emperor of France
Rafaela Ottiano ... Maria De Teba
Victor Varconi ... Victor Hugo
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Storyline

De Lesseps is a young aristocrat who conceives the idea for the Suez Canal. When Napoleon fails him, the British show interest. Though the production values make the film entertaining its historical content is generally agreed to be awful. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The stirring saga of the world's most astonishing engineering achievement! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suezu See more »

Filming Locations:

Corona, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Microphonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview in the late 1970s, director Allan Dwan talked of the censorship battle he had with the Hays Office over the wet-shirt scene, in which Annabella's erect nipples are on prominent display. "I wanted them to show," he said. His argument with the Hays Office was, "Have you ever seen a nude woman? Ever seen your wife nude? There was nothing there that wasn't positively true to life . . . you knew she was going to be sexy . . . that's why you picked her. The audience knows. This is my idea of giving it to them. All women are alike--they can go to the mirror and see that anytime." The matter was dropped, as re-shooting the scene would have cost too much because the studio would have had to rebuild the entire set. Dwan said that his nemesis, studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck, was pleased with the picture. See more »

Quotes

Ferdinand de Lesseps: Oh, Eugenie, darling, I'm leaving for Egypt in an hour and 45 minutes. Will you marry me?
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: What?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: I'm going there as secretary to the Consulate. Marry me, come with me. Rene's going for the license.
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: What license? What are you talking about?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: The marriage license! Quick, pack your things, we've just time to get to the church.
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: But I couldn't possibly do a thing like that, you know I couldn't...
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Don't you understand, I may be gone a year, five years... this may be our last chance!
Countess Eugenie de Montijo: Oh, Ferdinand, are ...
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La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Wonderful
17 December 2005 | by merrywriteSee all my reviews

Enjoyable on every level, Tyrone Power is magnificent. Intriguing storyline rooted in history...they don't make 'em like this anymore! The cinematography is ahead of its time, the actors are perfect for their roles and the movie itself is timeless. If you are a Tyrone Power fan you will not be disappointed in this film. It's hard to find, but worth it if you can find it. I didn't think I would enjoy a movie from the 30's as I'm more a fan of the 40's and above, but once I started watching this film I couldn't look away. Of course, the fact that it's Tyrone Power and he's the most striking looking man of his time doesn't hurt either!


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