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Hotel Sahara (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 31 December 1951 (USA)
In World War II, desert hotel proprietors Emad (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Yasmin (Yvonne De Carlo) are caught between the warring armies and have to constantly shift their political allegiance to whichever army happens to control the area.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Patrick Kirwan (story), George H. Brown (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Yasmin Pallas
Peter Ustinov ... Emad
David Tomlinson ... Captain Puffin Cheyne
Roland Culver ... Major Bill Randall
Albert Lieven ... Lieutenant Gunther von Heilicke
Bill Owen ... Private Binns
Guido Lorraine Guido Lorraine ... Captain Giuseppi
Mireille Perrey ... Mme. Pallas
Ferdy Mayne ... Yusef
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Corporal Pullar
Eugene Deckers ... French Spahi officer
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Storyline

During World War II, Emad (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Yasmin (Yvonne De Carlo) are the proprietors of a desert hotel caught between the various waring sides.The hotel owners realize that the key to their survival is their constantly shifting allegiance to the political regimes of the various belligerent armies that happen to control the area at any given time. As the fortunes of war dictate, the area is successively controlled by the Italians, the Germans, the British, and the French. Yasmin, at Emad's suggestion, goes the extra mile and charms the Italian, German, and British officers, with hilarious consequences. Written by nufs68

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She Sings! She Dances! She Romances! She's Engaged in Maneuvers with Three Different Armies! And She's Got Everything! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Sahara See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

To all ex-soldiers who, browned off battered and occasionally bewildered, served in the conflicting desert armies, and to the unfortunate civilians who had to put up with 'em, this film is dedicated. See more »

Soundtracks

I Love A Man
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard)
Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Sung by Yvonne De Carlo
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Frenzied wartime changes around a desert oasis
6 March 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Hotel Sahara" is billed as a comedy, romance and war film. It takes place during the early days of World War II in North Africa. And, various men in the uniforms of Italy, England, Germany and France are part of the story. But that's about all there is to do with the war, except for some firing of rifles in one scene and a couple of mines exploding. The romance is questionable, and the comedy is very slight. What there is of it is situational.

There's no dialog in this film that will make one laugh of even chuckle. There are no antics, pratfalls or incidents of slapstick. The film has considerable frenzied activity, mostly with the hotel staff scurrying about to change motifs from one nationality to another. Changing a wall picture hanging from Mussolini to Hitler is the height of humor.

Yvonne De Carlo sings some songs - it seems to be a vehicle mostly for her to play different roles as the fiancé of the hotel owner. Peter Ustinov is good in his role, and most of the rest of the cast are fine. So, just for their effort and a good set with filming I stretch and give this film six stars. But, if one is looking for a good comedy or a time to have some laughter, it's best to try another film.


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