5.7/10
687
22 user 9 critic

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

Writers:

Charles G. Booth (adaptation), Barré Lyndon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

China Girl (1942)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

With America still neutral, an American news photographer on assignment in Burma is courted by both the Japanese and The Flying Tiger volunteers fighting for China to film the strategic Burma Road.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Gene Tierney, George Montgomery, Lynn Bari
Belle Starr (1941)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

At the end of the Civil War, an embittered Southern belle joins forces with a Confederate guerrilla leader to raid Union towns.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews
Cornered (1945)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Australia's Outback during the early twentieth century, the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon, but the mom and son want to settle, while the dad is against it.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders
Flying Tigers (1942)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

Director: David Miller
Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During a raid on Germany a British bomber crew is forced to bail out after their plane is damaged. They land in Holland and are aided by Dutch civilians.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In WW2, U.S. Army Major Joppolo and his troops are tasked with administering the war damaged Italian town of Adano where the locals decry the loss of the town bell.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gene Tierney, John Hodiak, William Bendix
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston
Dragonwyck (1946)
Drama | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Her beauty was a challenge to adventure !

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In January 1942, United Artists was distributing this film on a double bill with All-American Co-Ed (1941) in some situations. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Repeat Performance (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

O God Our Help in Ages Past
(uncredited)
Words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
Sung in church at the London church service
See more »

User Reviews

 
SUNDOWN (Henry Hathaway, 1941) **1/2
3 July 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This old-fashioned desert adventure set during WWII features a very good cast (Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, Joseph Calleia, Harry Carey, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Reginald Gardiner, Marc Lawrence, Gilbert Emery) and solid production values but is not particularly distinguished or even memorable. Even so, the film did manage to earn 3 Academy Award nominations for Alexander Golitzen's art direction, Charles Lang's cinematography and Miklos Rosza's music.

While Tierney is the film's nominal star, she actually doesn't have that much of a role playing a native girl who goes to work as an agent for the British against the Germans. Hardwicke, then, only appears at the very end, as a pastor delivering a stirring sermon in a dilapidated church which prefigures Henry Wilcoxon's similar role in William Wyler's MRS. MINIVER (1942). Harry Carey, too, is not given much to do but Marc Lawrence makes for a menacing treacherous native and Cabot and Sanders are their usual reliable selves in competing for the attentions of Ms. Tierney. Surprisingly, however - or perhaps not, having previously wooed Mae West in MY LITTLE CHICKADEE (1940) - it's our very own Joseph Calleia (playing an Italian P.O.W. who acts as cook to his captors and is given to hollering operatic arias every once in a while - Calleia had, in fact, been a professional opera singer before moving to Hollywood) who is Tierney's confidante. Being Maltese, I have to say that it was a joy for me to watch him in the company of such an alluring star, not to mention playing against one of my favorite character actors George Sanders. Intriguingly, the IMDb states that Dorothy Dandridge (as a teenage native about to be forced to marry a wealthy older man), Rory Calhoun, Woody Strode and even future Cult Italian director Riccardo Freda make an appearance in this one but, apart from Dandridge, I didn't catch them!

Despite Henry Hathaway's reputation as one of Hollywood's top action directors - having made, among others, the seminal THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER (1935) - here he is let down by a second-rate script (courtesy of Barre' Lyndon and Charles G. Booth) which is ultimately just a rehash of GUNGA DIN (1939) and updated to the WWII era. A competent escapist adventure and time-waster, then, but regrettably enough given the talent at hand, nothing more...


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sundown See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed