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The Desert Song (1939)

Das Lied der Wüste (original title)
When the famous singer Grace Collins got off the plane that had flown her a remote place in Northen Africa little did she know she would meet love and adventure there. If she came there, it... See full summary »

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Paul Martin

Writers:

Hans Testrup (novel), Werner Illing (story) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Zarah Leander ... Grace Collins
Friedrich Domin ... Sir Collins, ihr Stiefvater
Gustav Knuth ... Nic Brenten, Ingenieur
Herbert Wilk Herbert Wilk ... Frank Stanney, Captain
Ernst Karchow Ernst Karchow ... Oberst Balentine
Rolf Heydel Rolf Heydel ... Leutnant Scott
Karl Günther Karl Günther ... Kommissar (as Carl Günther)
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Finanzier
Hermann Wagner Hermann Wagner ... Hamed, Brentens Diener
Herbert Klatt Herbert Klatt ... Jack, Stanneys Bursche
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerhard Bienert ... Hafenbeamter
Helmut Brasch Helmut Brasch ... Sam
Karl Dannemann ... Tom
Michele Danton Michele Danton
Fritz Draeger Fritz Draeger ... Gast beim Fest des Kommissars
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When the famous singer Grace Collins got off the plane that had flown her a remote place in Northen Africa little did she know she would meet love and adventure there. If she came there, it was to visit Sir Collins, her stepfather. Falling in love was not on the agenda but how could she resist the charm of Nic Brenten, an alluring and idealistic Dutch engineer? Butcan devotion and generosity really compete with the greed of someone like Sir Collins, a cynical financier who wants to dispossess the locals of the copper mine Brenten helps them to develop ?... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Trivia

German censorship visa B.52707 delivered on 16-11-1939 (Jugendverbot). See more »

Connections

Featured in Die UFA (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Sagt dir eine schöne Frau Vielleicht
Music by Nico Dostal
Lyrics by Bruno Balz
Performed by Zarah Leander
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Zarah Leander in the desert
8 February 2005 | by robertdavSee all my reviews

Although Ms. Leander herself found this film to be "so bad", it has its moments for her loyal fans. She enters in an airplane that she pilots as her deep, rich voice is played on a record in the cockpit! And her songs can not be faulted, with the help of Bruno Balz. Most alluring is "Sagt dir eine schone Frau vielleicht" sung in an elegant atmosphere at the "Hotel Royal" as she is watched by various sinister types ( A reflection of a scene from La Habanera? ). The exotic setting of the film seems to work against its star in some ways: it is not the place for her to wear her trademark furs and jewels, although there is some glamour in spite of being at an outpost in the middle of nowhere. The plot contains some anti-British propaganda. Hitler attended opening night, but his opinion of the film remains unrecorded. It is easy to focus on Zarah Leander and forget the other, rather poor, aspects in this film. All in all, this is strictly for the fans of Ms. Leander.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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