Paul Lartal leads a troop of legionnaires into ambush at the hands of Omar Ben Calif. Returning later at the request of Princess Morjana he is led to the hidden city of Madara, currently harrassed by the evil Crito. Lartal must do in the bad guys (which includes participating in a bare chested spear-throwing contest), save the city and comfort the Princess.Written by
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Based on a 1927 novel by Georges Arthur Surdez titled "The Demon Caravan". Surdez (1900-49) contributed many "adventure" stories to such publications as "Collier's", the "Saturday Evening Post" and "Argosy". He was especially noted for his French Foreign Legion tales. See more »
Hollywood must have absolutely throbbed with fascinating stories in its heyday, and a glance at the credits of even a Universal-International potboiler like this (actually directed with some flair by Joseph Pevney, who later worked on 'Star Trek') reveals that it certainly lived up to both the 'Universal' and the 'International' parts of its banner in those days!
At a superficial glance this appears just another yarn about the foreign legion; but on closer inspection it turns out to have elements of 'Lost Horizon' thrown into the mix, with ravishing redhead Arlene Dahl (still with us at 94, by the way) photographed in Technicolor in a succession of glitzy, diaphanous outfits by Bill Thomas by veteran cameraman John Seitz (whose CV included 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' and 'Sunset Boulevard').
At fourth and fifth place in the cast list we find Akim Tamiroff without his rug but sporting enormous side-whiskers, who a dozen years later would turn up in 'Alphaville'; and as Dahl's father 77 year-old Oscar Beregi, twenty years after playing the role of asylum director Dr Baum in 'The Testament of Dr Mabuse'!
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