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The Desert Hawk (1950)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 5 August 1950 (USA)
A desert guerilla, with flashing scimitar, opposes a tyrannical prince and marries the caliph's daughter.


Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)


Aubrey Wisberg (story and screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Princess Scheherazade
Richard Greene ... Omar - aka The Desert Hawk
Jackie Gleason ... Aladdin
George Macready ... Prince Murad
Rock Hudson ... Captain Ras
Carl Esmond ... Kibar
Joe Besser ... Prince Sinbad
Anne P. Kramer Anne P. Kramer ... Yasmin
Marc Lawrence ... Samad
Lois Andrews ... Maznah
Frank Puglia ... Ahmed Bey
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... Undine
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Caliph
Ian MacDonald ... Yussef


"2000 years ago" desert guerilla Omar, with henchmen Aladdin and Sinbad, opposes tyrannical Prince Murad. To prevent Murad from marrying caliph's daughter Schaharazade, disguised Omar marries her himself. When the trick is discovered, both prince and princess want Omar's head; but Murad has yet more dastardly plans, leading to more captures, rescues, and scimitar-play. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A slave in the Palace of 1000 Delights !


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Characters are Muslims, 600 years before the time of the founder Mohammed. See more »


Omar: Wench or princess, a woman is only a woman, and always needs a master.
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Referenced in Foul Play (1978) See more »

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A beheading offense
16 September 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Once again Universal getting out of those sets that they created for Maria Montez and her films creates The Desert Hawk with romantic bandit leader Richard Greene romancing the Princess Scherazade played by Yvonne DeCarlo.. Fortunately Greene has two villains to contend with George MacReady and evil prince and Carl Esmond leader of a cult of assassins who work at cross purposes.

To keep DeCarlo from marrying MacReady in an arranged marriage Greene pretends to be MacReady and he has a clergyman in his gang marry them. These days we'd go to court for an annulment, but back then this is a beheading offense.

The film also has Jackie Gleason and Joe Besser playing Aladdin and Sinbad. Not those two legends from Arabian Night but a pair of burlesque comedians of those times who look jarringly out of place. Gleason looks like he crash dieted for this film, God only knows why.

Rock Hudson plays one of MacReady's henchmen and he was up and coming over at Universal at the time. Lucky this was early in his career or within two years he would have had the lead and this would be remembered as a Hudson picture.

Definitely one of Universal's lesser homages to the Arabian Nights.

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5 August 1950 (USA) See more »

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Der Wüstenfalke See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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