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The Black Tent (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, War, Romance | July 1957 (USA)
In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.

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Robin Maugham (story), Robin Maugham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Sinden ... Col. Sir Charles Holland
Anthony Steel ... Capt. David Holland
Anna Maria Sandri ... Mabrouka ben Yussef
André Morell ... Sheik Salem ben Yussef (as Andre Morell)
Terence Sharkey Terence Sharkey ... Daoud Holland
Donald Pleasence ... Ali
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Maj. Croft
Anthony Bushell ... Ambassador Baring
Michael Craig ... Sheik Faris
Paul Homer Paul Homer ... Khalil ben Yussef
Anton Diffring ... Senior Nazi Officer
Frederick Jaeger ... Koch - Junior Nazi Officer
Derek Sydney ... Interpreter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Forbes ... Dying Soldier (scenes deleted)
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In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.

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Drama | War | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tenda Negra See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Donald Sinden recommended Donald Pleasence for the role of Ali after working with him in The Beachcomber (1954) in which Pleasence played Tromp, an Indian clerk. See more »

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The road where the ambush takes place is clearly a post-war build, having asphalt and neat chicane. See more »

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An interesting idea, though its execution is a bit slow and dull.
26 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Black Tent" begins with a man in Britain being told that his brother, the heir to the family fortune, MIGHT still be alive in North Africa--over a decade after he was assumed to have died fighting in WWII. However, when he tracks down the Bedoins who sheltered and healed him during the war, they deny having any other knowledge of him. After he leaves, however, he finds his brother's diary--someone had stuck it in his belongings in order to let him know the truth. Most of what follows is a flashback--flashbacks where you learn that the brother was like a son to the Chief and that he even eventually married the man's daughter! But the story goes beyond that--he even organized the locals into a small guerrilla army which attacked Axis troops! What happened next? See the film.

By far the best thing about this movie is the location shooting. The amazing ruins at Sabratha, Libya serve as a backdrop as is the nearby desert. However beautiful this is, however, the story itself isn't that captivating. Now it isn't because the idea is bad--it's not. But he execution seemed very plodding and flat. The writing could have been better and the actors a bit more charismatic. Still, a watchable adventure tale that is reasonably watchable.


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