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The Desert Song (1955)

From the Golden Age of Television, a live TV performance of the famed operetta, more faithful to the original than either the 1943 or 1953 film versions.


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The Desert Song is a 1929 American Pre-Code operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Louise Fazenda, and Myrna Loy.

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Stars: John Boles, Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda


Credited cast:
Nelson Eddy ... Pierre / The Red Shadow
Gale Sherwood ... Margot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Alexander Rod Alexander ... Dancer
Salvatore Baccaloni Salvatore Baccaloni ... Ali Ben Ali
Lee Bowman ... Himself - in-studio commercial for Oldsmobile automobiles
Felisa Conde Felisa Conde ... Castagnette Dancer
John Conte John Conte ... Paul Fontaine
Viola Essen Viola Essen ... Azuri
Otto Kruger ... General Birabeau
Bob Lamond Bob Lamond ... Himself - in-studio commercial for Oldsmobile automobiles
Bambi Linn Bambi Linn ... Dancer
Earl William Sauvain Earl William Sauvain ... Hassi (as Earl William)


From the Golden Age of Television, a live TV performance of the famed operetta, more faithful to the original than either the 1943 or 1953 film versions.

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7 May 1955 (USA) See more »

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The Desert Song opened at the Casino Theatre on November 30, 1926 and ran for 471 performances. See more »


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Nelson & Gale heat up Desert Song
3 August 2003 | by kinder-1See all my reviews

Nelson Eddy is back on screen, starring in a 1955 TV version of Romberg's Desert Song. Nelson, best known for a popular series of operettas with Jeanette MacDonald, has matured into a ruggedly, handsome man, still blessed with the gorgeous baritone voice that thrilled millions. His costar, and longtime singing partner, is the talented, statuesque beauty. Gale Sherwood, whose lilting soprano voice blends perfectly with his. Together, they face the hazards of live TV, and escape unscathed, without missing a beat. The production, wisely relies on the music to tell the story, and along with love scenes, culminating in kisses that are unabashedly intimate, appears far more adult than previous film versions. Unfortunately, reflecting the shortsightedness of early TV,the color version no longer exists. Only a black and white copy has survived, leaving us to only imagine the beauty of the original showing. That aside, the sheer pleasure of seeing Nelson Eddy and his lovely partner is a rare treat to be treasured.

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