The Camels are Coming (film)

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The Camels are Coming
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Directed byTim Whelan
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byGuy Bolton
Jack Hulbert
W.P. Lipscomb
StarringJack Hulbert
Anna Lee
Hartley Power
Harold Huth
Music byJack Beaver
Louis Levy
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors
Release date
October 1934
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Camels are Coming is a 1934 British comedy adventure film directed by Tim Whelan and starring Jack Hulbert, Anna Lee, Hartley Power and Harold Huth.[1] A British officer in the Royal Egyptian Air Force combats drug smugglers.[2]


Based on a story by Tim Whelan and Russell Medcraft, the film was directed by Tim Whelan, an American who made a number of British films. It was filmed at Islington Studios and on location in Egypt around Cairo and Gizeh including at the famous Shepheard's Hotel.

Many of the scenes later had to be reshot in London as sand had got into the cameras, and high winds prevented the recording of dialogue.[3]

It was a major success at the British box office, but was not released in the United States.[4]

During the film Anna Lee met Robert Stevenson, whom she subsequently married.[5]


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote "Lightweight comedy is slightly above average for British offerings of the period."[6]


  1. ^ "The Camels Are Coming (1934)". BFI.
  2. ^ "The Camels Are Coming (1934) - Tim Whelan, Sr. - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Richards p.163
  4. ^ Reid p.44
  5. ^ Bawden, James; Miller, Ronald G. (4 March 2016). "Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era". University Press of Kentucky – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "The Camels Are Coming - TV Guide".


  • Reid, John Howard. Hollywood's Classic Comedies Featuring Slapstick, Romance, Music, Glamour Or Screwball Fun!. 2007.
  • Richards, Jeffrey. The Unknown 1930s: An Alternative History of the British Cinema, 1929– 1939. I.B. Tauris & Co, 1998.

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