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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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A mighty story of adventure, courage and glory in the desert!...tender human emotion...triumphant action...matchless thrills...a memorable entertainment experience! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Port Said  »

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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

According to the documentary Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988), two months after Italy surrendered in World War II, this movie was released with an Italian as a principal character - and a good guy. This was J. Carrol Naish playing Giuseppe. See more »

Goofs

As in most of the films made about WWII before 1946, the German helmets are WWI vintage. They look somewhat similar. This movie, however, being made in 1942-43 would make it very difficult to obtain German WWII helmets. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Doyle: You think she'll pull us out alright?
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Oh, well, it all depends on the way we handle her. It's like a dame. But no dame ever said anything as sweet as this motor's going to sound to us when she gets rollin'.
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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.

History has proved that they learned their lesson well - - See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore.
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Bogey Battles The Germans In The Desert
19 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I guess this is what you'd call a "man's movie," a tough war story with no female characters in the cast. Humphrey Bogart is an effective tough-guy American sergeant leading an international group of Allies in a tank across the Sahara desert.

Eventually they battle huge odds against an onrushing German forces. intent on getting water from a well that was being tapped by Bogart's crew. There are a few lulls when characterizations are made, and the anti-German fervor in here is a little overdone. However, since it made right in the middle of World War II, that's understandable.

There is some good photography in here with nice shadows form the sand dunes. Overall, a pretty solid war film that has decent action without overdoing it. Complementing Bogart in he cast are the likes of Bruce Bennett. Lloyd Bridges, Dan Duryea and J. Carrol Naish


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