The Desert Song (1943 film)
|The Desert Song|
|Directed by||Robert Florey|
|Produced by||Robert Buckner|
|Written by||Robert Buckner
Oscar Hammerstein II
Otto A. Harbach
|Edited by||Frank Magee|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||90 minutes|
The Desert Song is a 1943 American musical film. It was directed by Robert Florey and starred Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning and Bruce Cabot. It is based on the 1926 operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg. It was nominated an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Charles Novi, Jack McConaghy).
This film version of the operetta is, like the 1929 film version, almost never seen today and copies are hard to come by, although it is technically more sophisticated than the earlier film due to its large budget and advances in both sound and color. It tries to make the operetta topical in terms of World War II, by having the outlaw hero with a dual identity fight the Nazis as well as Arabs. As in the 1953 film, the hero's name is changed to El Khobar, rather than the Red Shadow.
The 1943 Desert Song is perhaps the only instance in which a stage operetta of the 1920s has been updated to reflect topical concerns of the 1940s. In fact, the U.S. United States Office of War Information held up release of the film for a year due to the shifting political position of France. It did well at the box office nonetheless.
This is the first film version of The Desert Song to be made in full three-strip Technicolor.
- Dennis Morgan as Paul Hudson/ El Khobar
- Irene Manning as Margot
- Bruce Cabot as Col. Fontaine
- Lynne Overman as Johnny Walsh
- Gene Lockhart as Pere FanFan
- Faye Emerson as Hajy
- Victor Francen as Caid Yousseff
- Curt Bois as François
- Jack La Rue as Lt. Bertin
- Marcel Dalio as Tarbouch
- "NY Times: The Desert Song". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
- You Must Remember This: the Warner Brothers story, Richard Schickel and George Perry, pg. 161
- The Desert Song at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Desert Song at the Internet Movie Database