Sangaree (film)

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Sangaree poster 1953.jpg
Directed by Edward Ludwig
Produced by William H. Pine, William C. Thomas
Written by David Duncan, Frank L. Moss
Starring Fernando Lamas
Arlene Dahl
Patricia Medina
Music by Lucien Cailliet
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Howard Smith
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • May 27, 1953 (1953-05-27)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.8 million

Sangaree is a 1953 3-D color period costume drama film by director Edward Ludwig. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Frank G. Slaughter.[1][2]

The film was released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl. The film is set during the American Revolution and focuses on an indentured servant, Dr. Carlos Morales, who rises to power in the state of Georgia.[3]

The film earned an estimated $1.8 million at the North American box office during its first year of release.[4]

Cinematography was by Lionel Lindon. It was Paramount's first 3-Dimensional film release.[5]


On his death bed, old Revolutionary War general Darby bequeaths his Georgia estate, Sangaree, to a man he trusts, Dr. Carlos Morales, requesting he seek freedom for servants and slaves.

The general's son Roy has no objection, but knows his sister Nancy is determined to keep Sangaree in the family. She and her fiance, attorney Harvey Bristol, make it clear to Morales that he will have a fight on his hands.

Roy's wife, Martha, is secretly still in love with Morales, an old beau. Martha spreads word that Nancy is in league with a French pirate who is making raids off the Savannah coast. A plague outbreak also concerns Morales, who is running a free clinic.

Morales learns that Bristol has a business partnership with the pirate and that Martha, not Nancy, is involved. Bristol's warehouse is the source of the plague so Morales burns it to the ground. Martha contracts the plague and dies, and Nancy joins forces with Morales to live together at Sangaree.



  1. ^ Sangaree
  2. ^ Pine-Thomas Purchase Best Seller; 'Bonanza' Will Boost Newer Stars Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 25 Feb 1952: B9.
  3. ^ IMDB's entry for Sangaree
  4. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  5. ^ Sangaree

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