The Desert Hawk

  • 1950
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure

The usual lavish Arabian adventure tale that is great to look at but hard to sit through due to cliches and predictable scripting. De Carlo is the princess and Greene the blacksmith who throws aside his anvil and picks up a sword to free his oppressed people from the evil despot Macready. Greene uses every trick in the book to defeat the wily prince, and...read more

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The usual lavish Arabian adventure tale that is great to look at but hard to sit through due to cliches and predictable scripting. De Carlo is the princess and Greene the blacksmith who throws aside his anvil and picks up a sword to free his oppressed people from the evil despot Macready.

Greene uses every trick in the book to defeat the wily prince, and he even manages to marry De Carlo (he tricks her) to further exasperate the ruler. Macready counterattacks and kidnaps the princess in hope that her father, the Caliph, will aid him in quashing the rebellion. Greene rescues De

Carlo, who then falls in love with her husband, and all is well in Baghdad. The film is trite and the subject matter has been done better elsewhere, but half the fun of THE DESERT HAWK comes from spotting the bizarre array of supporting players who went on to do other things. Hudson plays an army

captain, Besser (one of the replacements for Curly in The Three Stooges) plays Sinbad, and Gleason plays Aladdin! The whole thing was directed by Fred de Cordova who made his later career directing Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show."

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