Sahara

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

One of the most exciting and entertaining propaganda films to come out of WWII, SAHARA features Humphrey Bogart as Sgt. Joe Gunn, an American tank commander who, along with his crew (Bruce Bennett and Dan Duryea), is separated from his unit just after the fall of Tobruk. As the tank, nicknamed Lulubelle, slowly makes its way through the desert, Sgt. Gunn...read more

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One of the most exciting and entertaining propaganda films to come out of WWII, SAHARA features Humphrey Bogart as Sgt. Joe Gunn, an American tank commander who, along with his crew (Bruce Bennett and Dan Duryea), is separated from his unit just after the fall of Tobruk. As the tank,

nicknamed Lulubelle, slowly makes its way through the desert, Sgt. Gunn and his crew pick up a number of stragglers: several British soldiers (Patrick O'Moore, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Nugent, Carl Harbord), a Sudanese corporal (Rex Ingram) with an Italian prisoner (J. Carrol Naish) in tow, a Free

Frenchman (Louis Mercier), a South African volunteer (Guy Kingsford), and a downed Nazi pilot (Kurt Kreuger). As the small rag-tag unit advances, the search for an oasis becomes their primary mission; however, they soon discover that a large German force in the area has the same objective. Blessed

with a great cast and smart direction by Zoltan Korda, SAHARA remains one of the most appealing films of WWII. Although the constant speechifying, especially by Naish's repentant Italian, may strike some as passe and overbearing, the basic humanity of the entire affair is a pleasant change from

the xenophobic posturing found in most films of the era. Sadly, scriptwriter John Howard Lawson's humane outlook would come back to haunt him when, in the 1950s, he became one of the Hollywood Ten. However, when McCarthyite government officials tried to pressure Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn

into firing Lawson, he refused, much to his credit.

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