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Sirocco (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1951 (USA)
A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Hans Jacoby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Harry Smith
Märta Torén ... Violette (as Marta Toren)
Lee J. Cobb ... Col. Feroud
Everett Sloane ... Gen. LaSalle
Gerald Mohr ... Major Jean Leon
Zero Mostel ... Balukjiaan
Nick Dennis ... Nasir Aboud
Onslow Stevens ... Emir Hassan
Ludwig Donath ... Flophouse Proprietor
David Bond ... Achmet
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Storyline

In 1925 Damascus Harry Smith runs guns to the rebels under Emir Hassan. The French arrest him along with others and force him to sell weapons to them. He develops an interest in French intelligence officer Feroud's mistress Violette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Bogart's Socko in Sirocco See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

13 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirocco - Zwischen Kairo und Damaskus See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to actor Jamie Farr, the movie debuted on Saturday night at the Rivoli in his home town of Toledo. Most of Toledo's Arab-American community turned out to see it. As a scene where Bogart walks though a crowded bazaar begins to fade, an Arab voice is heard shouting, "Ya hallah deen bayak!" which caused most of the audience to collapse in laughter. The non-Arabs in the house did not understand why everyone else was laughing until the line was translated for them: "Goddamn your father!" See more »

Goofs

After the explosion in the club, the bartender lights two candles. Although the only light inside supposedly comes from the candles, their shadows are projected on the wall behind. See more »

Quotes

Harry Smith: [after the restaurant bombing] You and your cruddy Syrian patriots.
Nasir Aboud: They were after Colonel Feroud.
Harry Smith: They almost got *me*.
Nasir Aboud: You eat with the French, you get what the French get.
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Referenced in The Dangerous (1995) See more »

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Pre-blacklist casting
21 October 2005 | by rick-woodsSee all my reviews

There's an interesting scene with Lee J. Cobb intimidating a grovelling Zero Mostel. In real life, Cobb succumbed to pressure from the House UnAmerican Activities Commission and named others in the entertainment industry who had "communist" affiliations. Mostel refused to give any information about anyone else, was blacklisted and was unable to work in the entertainment industry for almost a decade. Bogie's character initially acts only in his own self-interest, but subsequently does "the right thing" despite personal risk. In real life, Bogie was part of a group formed to oppose the HUAC, a group which quickly fell apart in disarray when the HUAC started to push back. Bogie started out doing "the right thing" but when personal risk loomed, quickly acted to protect his self-interest.


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