Hotel Sahara

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Hotel Sahara
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by George Hambley Brown
Written by George Hambley Brown
Patrick Kirwan
Starring Yvonne De Carlo
Peter Ustinov
David Tomlinson
Roland Culver
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography David Harcourt
Jack Hildyard
Edited by Alfred Roome
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
United Artists (US)
Release dates
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Hotel Sahara is a 1951 British comedy film directed by Ken Annakin and starring Yvonne De Carlo, Peter Ustinov and David Tomlinson. It was produced and co-written by George Hambley Brown.


A luxury hotel in the Sahara Desert faces occupation and destruction from a number of armies during the North African Campaign. The hotel is saved through the quick thinking and chameleon actions of the four headed staff in particular the owner Yasmin, who dresses, sings, and dances in a manner to make all the conquerors appreciate her charms.


George Hambley Brown knew Peter Ustinov from their time together in the RAF Film Unit during World War II. After the war the two co-produced School for Secrets and Vice Versa. Based on some of his experiences in the Western Desert Campaign, Brown sought Yvonne De Carlo for the role of Yasmin by writing her and saying that he observed that she had a flair to play comedy.[1]



Say Goodbye Soldier Boy
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard)
Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Sung by Yvonne De Carlo

I Love A Man
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard)
Lyrics by Harold Purcell
Sung by Yvonne De Carlo

I'll Be Seeing You
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Heard on a radio sung by Yvonne De Carlo

Early One Morning
Sung by Yvonne De Carlo


Santa Lucia


  1. ^ Vallance, Tom George H. Brown Obituary The Independent 9 January 2001

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