The Desert Song

The Desert Song

Dennis Morgan
Director: Robert Florey Cast: Dennis Morgan
Dennis Morgan
, Irene Manning
Irene Manning
, Bruce Cabot
Bruce Cabot
Robert Florey


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The popular operetta by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II enjoyed its second screen adaptation with this film, which added four new songs and updated the story to World War II. Paul Hudson (Dennis Morgan), an American veteran of the Spanish Civil War, makes his living playing piano in a Morocco nightclub; in his spare time, he romances Margot (Irene Manning), the club's featured singer. Caid Yousseff (Victor Francen) is a Moroccan in cahoots with the Nazis who is trying to win the support of a local gang called the Riffs, even though they're under the control of the French. The Riffs are led by El Khobar, a masked do-gooder who wants to persuade Col. Fontaine (Bruce Cabot) that the Riffs deserve their independence; if it is granted, he promises that they will gladly fight against the Nazis. What Fontaine doesn't know is that El Khobar and Paul Hudson are actually the same person. The Desert Song received an Oscar for Art Direction and was much praised for its beautiful color cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
UPC: 0888574085346
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 4,788

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Morgan Paul Hudson
Irene Manning Margot
Bruce Cabot Col. Fontaine
Victor Francen Caid Yousseff
Lynne Overman Johnny Walsh
Felix Basch Heinzelman
Curt Bois Francois
Egon Brecher Actor
Wallis Clark Pajot
Marcel Dalio Tarbouch
William Edmunds Suliman
Faye Emerson Hajy
Noble Johnson Abdel Rahman
Jack LaRue Lt. Bertin
Fritz Leiber Actor
Gene Lockhart Pere FanFan
Gerald Mohr Haasan
Alberto Morin Muhammad
Nestor Paiva Actor
Duncan Renaldo Actor
Georges Renavent Actor
Sylvia Opert Dancer

Technical Credits
Robert Florey Director
Robert Buckner Producer,Screenwriter
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Oscar Hammerstein Songwriter
Frank Magee Editor
Charles Novi Art Director
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Andreas Scholl Songwriter
Silva Songwriter
Walters Songwriter

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