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Sahara (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 11 November 1943 (USA)
After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Zoltan Korda (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Sgt. Joe Gunn
Bruce Bennett ... Waco Hoyt
J. Carrol Naish ... Giuseppe
Lloyd Bridges ... Fred Clarkson
Rex Ingram ... Sgt. Major Tambul
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Capt. Jason Halliday (as Richard Nugent)
Dan Duryea ... Jimmy Doyle
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Marty Williams
Patrick O'Moore ... Osmond 'Ozzie' Bates
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Peter Stegman
Kurt Kreuger ... Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
John Wengraf ... Maj. Von Falken
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Storyline

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SENSATIONAL! DRAMATIC! EMOTIONAL! MEMORABLE! (original one-sheet poster) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somewhere in Sahara See more »

Filming Locations:

Zzyzx, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the production, cast and crew resided at the Planter's Hotel in Brawley, Imperial County, California. The hotel was located approximately forty miles from the location where the film was shooting. Over the years the hotel guests included other notables including Clark Gable and John Wayne. The place was later abandoned and eventually burned down in 2007. It has since been razed. See more »

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Tambul, a Sergeant Major, outranks Gunn, a Master Sergeant. Gunn should have ceded command to Tambul as soon as Tambul met up with the remnants of Gunn's unit. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jason Halliday: [Referring to a captured German POW] He doesn't want to be touched by an inferior race.
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Oh, tell him not to worry about him being black. It won't come off on on his pretty uniform.
[to the Sudanese solder]
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Go ahead and search him.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa to get experience in desert warfare under actual battle conditions.

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Oh! Susanna
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Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore.
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Rousing WWII Patriotic War Film
17 February 2006 | by barontroll-1See all my reviews

Sahara although not usually contained in the compendium of Bogey's best movies is a rousing WWII action movie. The plot involving a rag tag group of allied soldiers,along with Bogey's M-3 Grant Tank "Lulu Belle" holding a North African well against a motorized battalion of the Afrika Korps is enough to set the tone of this movie. I will not go into the plot any further but state that it was filmed in 1943 and it was a morale booster. The acting is first rate and the fact that an African-American actor, Rex Ingram was treated as an equal, as Sergeant-Major Tambul, Fourth Sudanese Battalion was far ahead of his time. A movie I see every time it plays. It was remade for TV with James Belushi playing the Bogart role as Master Sergeant Joe Gunn, USA and was a good movie in its own right. However, the Bogart version sets the standard. A must see movie for Bogey fans and WWII film buffs.

Michael Wolkow, Colonel, Infantry, Retired


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