The Desert Song

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

The third and, it is to be hoped, the last version of the creaky old warhorse. It was first made in 1929 as the opening all-talking, all-singing operetta, then remade in 1943 to incorporate the anti-German sentiment rampant in those wartime days. Gordon MacRae leads the Riffs against dastardly sheik Massey. Grayson is the daughter of general Collins, and...read more

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The third and, it is to be hoped, the last version of the creaky old warhorse. It was first made in 1929 as the opening all-talking, all-singing operetta, then remade in 1943 to incorporate the anti-German sentiment rampant in those wartime days. Gordon MacRae leads the Riffs against

dastardly sheik Massey. Grayson is the daughter of general Collins, and MacRae wins her love in the guise of El Khobar. Although his name has been changed from Pierre to Paul, the essential character is the same, a weakling who becomes a hero once he dons his Arabian gear. At the end of the film,

MacRae kills off his El Khobar character, so he and Grayson can marry, and MacRae can return to his regular role as an anthropology student, once Massey's in the cold, cold ground. Roland Kibbee, who also co-wrote such winners as THE CRIMSON PIRATE and VERA CRUZ, takes the blame for this

screen-play. A very tired story shot in a very tired fashion, although the singing is above average.

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  • Review: The third and, it is to be hoped, the last version of the creaky old warhorse. It was first made in 1929 as the opening all-talking, all-singing operetta, then remade in 1943 to incorporate the anti-German sentiment rampant in those wartime days. Gordon Ma… (more)

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