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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Sgt. Joe Gunn
... Waco Hoyt
... Giuseppe
... Fred Clarkson
... Sgt. Major Tambul
Richard Aherne ... Capt. Jason Halliday (as Richard Nugent)
... Jimmy Doyle
Carl Harbord ... Marty Williams
Patrick O'Moore ... Osmond 'Ozzie' Bates
Louis Mercier ... Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
Guy Kingsford ... Peter Stegman
... Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
... 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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THE STAR OF "CASABLANCA" IN THE WAR'S MIGHTIEST ADVENTURE DRAMA! (original three-sheet poster) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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11 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Port Said  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000, 31 December 1943
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Hollywood Reporter' during mid January 1943 reported that Humphrey Bogart replaced Brian Donlevy for this Columbia Studios film whilst Donlevy in turn replaced Bogart on the same studio's Once Upon a Time (1944). Donlevy was reportedly tired of appearing in war pictures and he doesn't actually appear in the credits for Once Upon a Time (1944). See more »

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All of the German vehicles are emblazoned with Nazi Party swastikas rather than the Balkenkreuz, the straight-armed cross that was the emblem of the Wehrmacht used on their vehicles during WWII. See more »

Quotes

Giuseppe: Mussolini is not so clever like Hitler, he can dress his Italians up only to look like thieves, cheats, murderers, he cannot like Hitler, make them feel like that. He cannot, like Hitler, scrape from the conscience the knowledge that right is right and wrong is wrong, or dig holes in their heads to plant his own ten commandments: steal from thy neighbor, cheat thy neighbor, kill thy neighbor.
Capt. von Schletow: You dare to insult the Führer?
Giuseppe: That would take an artiste - I am but a mechanic.
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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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Connections

Referenced in 1941 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
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 See 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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