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Desert Sands (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 27 February 1956 (Sweden)
The French Foreign Legion battles rebellious Arabs in North Africa.


Lesley Selander


George W. George (screenplay), George F. Slavin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview:
Ralph Meeker ... Capt. David Malcolm
Marla English ... Princess Zara
J. Carrol Naish ... Sergeant Diepel
John Carradine ... Jala
Ron Randell ... Pvt. Peter Havers
John Smith ... Pvt. Rex Tyle
Keith Larsen ... El Zanal
Lita Milan ... Alita
Philip Tonge ... Cpl. Sandy McTosh
Otto Waldis ... Gabin
Peter Mamakos ... Pvt. Lucia Capella
Jarl Victor Jarl Victor ... Lt. Gina Mackie
Nico Minardos ... Gerard
Aaron Saxon Aaron Saxon ... Tamal
Albert Carrier ... Ducco


The French Foreign Legion battles rebellious Arabs in North Africa.

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Stirring drama of The Foreign Legion!-of intrigue, love and treachery! (original poster) See more »


Adventure | Romance


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Release Date:

27 February 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Abrechnung in Fort Valeau See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bel-Air Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Desert Sands
Music by Paul Dunlap
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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I do NOT at all agree with the other reviewers about this one!
23 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am amazed as I watch this film, as it sure doesn't seem anything like the other reviews have described. They are all quite glowing in the film's praise--saying it's the best of the Foreign Legion films and filled with excitement. Were we watching the same film?! "Desert Sands" is a terrible film--not at all convincing and, in some ways, rather silly. My biggest complaints are the casting and the the writing. Among the cast, there is no one who seems the least bit French but even more importantly, there's no one who seems remotely North African! Now perhaps you could explain the troops not being French because it's the FOREIGN Legion...but the North Africans are all very white and some (particularly the leader) sound as if they were educated at prep school! It's utterly ridiculous and sloppy...very, very sloppy. As for the writing, it's bad--particularly when it comes to dialog. None of it sounds the least bit realistic and is filled with clichés. This is a bad movie! The bottom line is that there are LOTS of better desert films--such as "Beau Gest", "The Lost Patrol"....even "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion"!! I just think this is a terrible film--one that inexplicably is adored by some others.

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