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The Desert Song (1943)

Paul Hudson, leads a group of desert bandits against some Nazis, who want to use them as cheap labor for their railroad.

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Robert Florey
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Morgan ... Paul Hudson / El Khobar
Irene Manning ... Margot
Bruce Cabot ... Colonel Fontaine
Lynne Overman ... Johnny Walsh
Gene Lockhart ... Pere FanFan
Faye Emerson ... Hajy
Victor Francen ... Caid Yousseff
Curt Bois ... François
Jack La Rue ... Lieutenant Bertin
Marcel Dalio ... Tarbouch
Nestor Paiva ... Benoit
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Paul Hudson, leads a group of desert bandits against some Nazis, who want to use them as cheap labor for their railroad.

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Thrills galore! Glorious Technicolor!

Genres:

Adventure | Musical | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

13 September 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Desert Song See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed in mid-1942, released in late December 1943. See more »

Connections

Version of The Red Shadow (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

The Riff Song
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Historian or an old Romantic?
23 July 2006 | by SlievedonSee all my reviews

The various commentators on the 1943 version of The Desert Song cleared up (and confirmed?) the suspicions of a 9-year old boy who thoroughly enjoyed the movie in 1944. It was only after many years and reminiscences (in addition to a fascination with the history of World War II) that I began to wonder why this movie never appeared in public again.

MY suspicions were confirmed by briantaves of Washington, DC in his comment on The Desert Song; viz., that the politics of North Africa and Vichy French were involved. Considering the time-line of the filming and release (1943-1944), it would appear that the American invasion of Morocco in November of 1942 was involved in the original planning. Our troops were actively resisted by the French troops in Morocco (under the control of the Vichy French (collaborators with the Nazis). A tricky situation considering that the "Free French", led by Charles DeGaulle in London, were our allies.

As for the copyright issues regarding one song (that keep the movie from being viewed once again), fuggedaboutit! Even as a 9-year old, I knew it was a good movie.


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