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Sundown (1941)

Approved | | Drama, War | 31 October 1941 (USA)
In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

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Charles G. Booth (adaptation), Barré Lyndon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Zia
Bruce Cabot ... Capt. William Crawford
George Sanders ... Major A. L. 'Herbie' Coombes
Harry Carey ... Alan Dewey
Joseph Calleia ... Pallini
Reginald Gardiner ... Lt. Rodney 'Roddy' Turner
Carl Esmond ... Jan Kuypens
Marc Lawrence ... Abdi Hammud
Cedric Hardwicke ... Bishop Coombes (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Gilbert Emery ... Ashburton
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Miriami
Emmett Smith Emmett Smith ... Kipsang
Dorothy Dandridge ... Kipsang's Wife
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Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Her beauty was a challenge to adventure !

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando muere el día See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$873,808, 31 December 1941
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild productions originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Albuquerque Tuesday 2 May 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Saturday 13 May 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Phoenix Wednesday 7 June 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Cleveland Sunday 18 June 1950 on WXEL (Channel 9), in New York City Saturday 29 July 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Atlanta Thursday 3 August 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Sunday 20 August 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Saturday 26 August 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Boston Sunday 10 September 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), in Chicago Sunday 24 September 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), and in San Francisco Saturday 17 February 1951 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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When Kipsang is being buried, the soldiers are ordered to reverse their rifles (pointing down to the ground as a sign of respect). However when the coffin is being lowered into the ground the soldiers' rifles are resting in their shoulders in the usual position. No order was given to change the position of the rifles and probably would not have been given until after the coffin was lowered. See more »

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O God Our Help in Ages Past
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Words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
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No Jungle for Jungle Woman
8 May 2006 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Sundown" (1941): Starring Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, and… here's why I like this movie in the "guilty pleasure" category: it also stars Gene Tierney, the most beautiful woman of the 1940's. (THEN come Dorothy Lamour, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, and others…) The video box reads: "A jungle woman…" (Tierney): well, there is NO JUNGLE or JUNGLE WOMAN in this movie, "…helps the British in defeating the attempts of the Nazis…" (there are NO Nazis in this movie), "…to take over and occupy the jungle!" (There is NO JUNGLE!). So, OTHER THAN THAT load of crap, there IS a DESERT, there is WWII for the British (not the U.S. yet), and there IS Pinup-olicious Gene Tierney. Another odd piece of junk is that "the main bad guy" is Dutch. IF you know anything about that war, the Dutch were Allies, folks, ALLIES. You know, hiding Ann Frank, etc.? Some of the photography is good, acting is average at best (and awful at times – watch the actor's eyes (who plays the "bad guy") as he reads his lines left to right, left to right, left to right. Whatta shmo. If you've ever wondered what Gene Tierney's belly button looked like, THIS is your chance. She also has a nice, statuesque walk. Guilty pleasures arise and be proud!


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