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The Desert Song (1953)

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110 min | Musical, Romance

Shiek Yousseff, poses as a friend of the French while secretly plotting to overthrow them. Apposing Yousseff are the Riffs, whose secret leader, The Red Shadow, is Paul Bonnard, a professor who is studying the desert, and whose attacks on ...See moreShiek Yousseff, poses as a friend of the French while secretly plotting to overthrow them. Apposing Yousseff are the Riffs, whose secret leader, The Red Shadow, is Paul Bonnard, a professor who is studying the desert, and whose attacks on the supply trains intended for Yousseff keep the Riff villages in food. Foreign Legion General Birabeau arrives to conduct an investigation, accompanied by his daughter, Margot. Birabeau hires Bonnard to tutor her, and she is attracted to a Legionaire captain, Claud Fontaine. While the general, Bonnard and Fontaine pay a visit to Yousseff, an American newspaper man, Benji Kidd, discovers a secret way in and out of Yousseff's palace, with the aid of Azuri, a dancing girl in love with Bonnard. The latter is forced to resume his role as the Riffs leader, and kidnap Margot until he can convince her of Yousseff's treachery. But Yousseff's men attack the Riff camp and take Margot prisoner. Written by Les Adams See less
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Roland Kibbee (screen play by) | Laurence Schwab (based upon the play by) | Otto A. Harbach (based upon the play by) (as Otto Harbach) | Oscar Hammerstein II (based upon the play by) (as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd) & 2 more
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May 30, 1953 (United States)

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47 cast members
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Kathryn Grayson
Margot Birabeau Margot Birabeau   See fewer
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Gordon MacRae
El Khobar / Paul Bonnard El Khobar / Paul Bonnard   See fewer
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Steve Cochran
Captain Claude Fontaine Captain Claude Fontaine   See fewer
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Raymond Massey
Sheik Yousseff Sheik Yousseff   See fewer
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Dick Wesson
Benjamin 'Benjy' Kidd Benjamin 'Benjy' Kidd   See fewer
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Allyn Ann McLerie
Azuri (as Allyn McLerie) Azuri (as Allyn McLerie)   See fewer
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Ray Collins
Gen. Birabeau Gen. Birabeau   See fewer
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Paul Picerni
Hassan Hassan   See fewer
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Frank DeKova
Mindar Mindar   See fewer
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William Conrad
Lachmed Lachmed   See fewer
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Mark Dana
Lt. Duvalle Lt. Duvalle   See fewer
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Rico Alaniz
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ben Astar
Sheik (uncredited) Sheik (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Blagoi
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Bose
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Brocco
Old Refugee (uncredited) Old Refugee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Chance
Scarface (uncredited) Scarface (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Cherney
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Coleman
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joey Costarello
Arab Boy (uncredited) Arab Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Dane
French Pilot (uncredited) French Pilot (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold Dyrenforth
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Fierro
Riff Guard (uncredited) Riff Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elias Gamboa
Townsman in Square (uncredited) Townsman in Square (uncredited)   See fewer
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John George
Townsman in Square (uncredited) Townsman in Square (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chick Hannan
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Hernández
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Hunter
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kay Koury
Riff (uncredited) Riff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louis Lettieri
Neo, Small Boy (uncredited) Neo, Small Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maurice Marsac
Sentry (uncredited) Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Matts
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Nardelli
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Charles Perry
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Murray Pollack
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Reitzen
Sheik (uncredited) Sheik (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Robinson
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Roy
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cosmo Sardo
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Sawaya
Riff Guard (uncredited) Riff Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Scar
Sheik (uncredited) Sheik (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bhogwan Singh
Old Villager (uncredited) Old Villager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Stevans
Legionnaire (uncredited) Legionnaire (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Tornek
Riff Guard (uncredited) Riff Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Julian Upton
Berber (uncredited) Berber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry J. Vejar
Sheik (uncredited) Sheik (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 406 votes