1940. Captain Terence Stevenson with the British Army is part of the bomb disposal unit in London, his primary job to defuse them. Despite having no experience as a spy, he is asked by his ... See full summary »
In 1949, during the Chinese Civil War, British warship H.M.S. Amethyst sails up the Yangtse river but on the return trip finds its way blocked by a barrage fire from the Communist Chinese shore batteries.
Capt. Gerard, greatest lover in the Foreign Legion, is assigned to escort an emir's daughter to her father's mountain citadel and find out what he can about the emir's activities. Gerard enjoys his work with lovely Cara, but arrives to find rebellion brewing. Can the garrison be reinforced in time?Written by
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Second-unit director Richard Rosson traveled to Fort Tinihir in Morocco for location shooting. There he met 900 German members of the French Foreign Legion. They had all been members of Gen. Erwin Rommel's famed Afrika Korps during World War II. When the war ended, these men, who were now POWs under French control, were given a choice by the French to either enlist in the French Foreign Legion or return home to a now-ruined Germany. Most chose to sign on as legionnaires. See more »
When Captain Gerard and Cara are sharing a meal on their journey she tells him "left hand, always" when he uses his right hand to pick up from the dish. This is totally incorrect. In the Middle East and parts of India the left hand is considered 'dirty' and is never used to pick up food. See more »
Pretty Predictable, Does Have A Couple of Good Action Sequences
This does have a couple of good action sequences, but overall it is too predictable to be anything more than average, at best, for its genre. The Foreign Legion setting is fairly interesting, at least as a reflection of its time, and it provides for a couple of relatively interesting possibilities.
George Raft stars as a Legionnaire who combines a hazardous mission with a romantic involvement with an Emir's daughter. Once things get started, Raft is good enough in the role, but the first several minutes of the movie are wasted trying to portray his character as an incurable skirt-chaser, which doesn't really work. Marie Windsor plays the Emir's daughter, and while there's nothing wrong with her performance, she doesn't really fit the part, and she and Raft never quite seem to click together. The script is straightforward enough, but it could have used some sharper dialogue to pick up these scenes in particular.
Once Raft's character gets his assignment and meets the daughter, the story follows a pretty standard formula. The action sequences are the highlights, which include a good chase scene with Raft trying to elude a palace full of pursuers. Otherwise, there are only occasional moments of good drama to hold your attention.
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