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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.


Henry Hathaway


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




Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Zia
Bruce Cabot ... Capt. William Crawford
George Sanders ... Maj. 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


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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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/nm0792458]/Cinema Guild productions originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for U television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Chicago Monday 24 April 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), 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). and in San Francisco Saturday 17 February 1951 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


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 »


Referenced in Repeat Performance (1947) See more »


O God Our Help in Ages Past
Words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
Sung in church at the London church service
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Solid Drama With Interesting Settings & a Good Cast
30 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Interesting settings and a good cast contribute significantly to this solid drama about intrigue in the desert during the Second World War. In features Gene Tierney in a role that, while perhaps slightly oddly cast, makes particularly good use of her elegant beauty, and also gives her a good variety of material to work with.

The story starts with George Sanders, as a by-the-book British official, sent to take over a desert outpost previously run in a rather lax manner by Bruce Cabot's character. The two have to work out their disagreements over native policy while tracking down an Axis plot to supply arms to unfriendly natives. Tierney comes in as a half-Arab, half-English owner of an extensive trading network, bequeathed to her by her father. Both sides are naturally eager to have her work with them.

It's a good setup, and in general it makes good use of it. There are some good action scenes, but there is also some substance in the character development and in the cross-cultural interactions. The pace is steady, though it might miss a couple of good opportunities to switch into high gear, since there is never a feeling of any particular urgency until quite close to the end.

Sanders and Tierney are both in very good form, which is almost enough in itself to make the movie worth seeing. The story is good, and there is hardly a moment when something of interest is not going on.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sundown See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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