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Hotel Sahara (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 31 December 1951 (USA)
In World War II, desert hotel proprietors Emad and Yasmin 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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Taglines:

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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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'll Be Seeing You
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal
Heard on the radio
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Farce outstays its welcome
7 May 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a fairly frenetic farce which stars the marvellous Peter Ustinov.In this film each of the countries fighting in the desert occupies the hotel in turn and brings with it their own nationalistic quirks.There are some funny moments but unfortunately at 96 minutes it is just to long.Certainly by the time the French take over you are just wishing for it to come to a quick conclusion.The cast is first rate and does the best they can with the somewhat limited material.Ustinov is funny as the hotel proprietor.It was truly the world,s loss when he died .He was a uniquely gifted personality and there are not a lot of those around.


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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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