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The Steel Lady (1953)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 9 October 1953 (USA)
Cameron finds a tank buried in the Arabian desert during WWII, and proceeds to attack the Arabs with it.

Director:

Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont)

Writers:

Richard Schayer (screenplay), Aubrey Wisberg (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Cameron ... Mike Monahan
Tab Hunter ... Bill Larson
John Dehner ... Sid Barlowe
Richard Erdman ... Jim Evans
John Abbott ... Mustafa el Melik
Frank Puglia ... Sheik Taras
Anthony Caruso ... Zagora
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Ibrahim
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Gus Sanderson
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Sanderson's Radio Man
Carmen D'Antonio ... Dancing Girl (as Carmen d'Antonio)
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Storyline

Surviving a plane crash in the Sahara, four oilmen find and manage to repair a German Afrika Corps tank which had been buried in the sand since WWII. Heading toward a French Foreign Legion outpost, they encounter a nomadic Arab tribe who believe the oilmen have found the treasure of Calipha, a rival Arab leader. If trying to acquire the jewels by guile doesn't work, the Arabs are prepared to kill the oilmen to get the stolen treasure. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Searing Sahara-Hot Adventure!

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tesoro del desierto See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Steel Lady in the title is an American M-24 Chafee light tank dressed up to resemble a WWII German tank. See more »

Goofs

Internal views of the tank naturally show a much roomier rendition of a WWII tank's condition, which is an understandable compromise to accommodate filming; however, behind the main gun mount, we see no storage or rack for shells. Rather, the back of the turret is smooth, round and void of even an empty mount. See more »

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9 December 2001 | by rahprodsSee all my reviews

I remember seeing it once about 40 years ago when I was about 7, and it just stuck with me: The image of those guys digging in that sand dune and finding that cool WWII Afrikakorp tank with the witch painted on the turret; pure adventure. I never knew the title, but today I decided to do a plot search on IMDB and finally discovered it after all these years. I do remember it as being ultimately unsatisfying, but it's amazing how one solid image can last in a kid's mind. Will try to rent it for old time's sake.


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