It's another one of Montez's patented "sand and sex" movies, with lots of dancing girls, brief costumes, and the ubiquitous desert lurking outside the tent. Montez is the new queen of her land of Khemmis, somewhere near ancient Egypt, because her father has been assassinated. She is
determined to discover the perpetrator of the dirty deed, and her unctuous chamberlain, Zucco, suggests that the crime was committed by Bey, leader of a pack of recently escaped slaves. Montez believes Zucco (not yet knowing that it was Zucco himself who actually did the deed) and doffs her royal
robes in favor of peasant gear in order to masquerade as a civilian and personally wreak revenge on Bey. She thinks she can trap Bey and take his life, and Zucco is all for it, hoping that she will somehow get killed out there so he can assume the throne. On the off-chance that she might actually
survive the rigors of the desert, Zucco takes no chances, hiring Warwick, a slave trader, to kidnap her and dump her body out where the camels roam. Montez, however, is made of stronger stuff and manages to escape her fate with the help of Hall and Devine, two itinerant Egyptian hobo/pickpockets
who also steal horses when they can find a willing buyer. Devine and Hall don't know that Montez has the blue blood of royalty pounding in her lovely veins and treat her as they would any woman on the run: with humor and a touch of disdain. Just when it seems they've gotten away, they are
recaptured by Warwick and his henchmen. Their deaths are imminent when Bey, at the forefront of his band of slaves, sweeps into the village where the executions are to take place and saves them all, exhibiting lots of derring-do and looking like a Turkish Errol Flynn. (Bey was actually born in
Vienna of a Turkish father and Czech mother.) Montez appreciates Bey's intervention but is still convinced that he was the man who slew her beloved father, although she doesn't tell him that. The group returns to the capital city and, once there, Montez reveals her power and has Bey thrown in
jail. No sooner is that accomplished than Zucco shows his true colors (yellow on yellow) and marshals his powers to have Montez tossed in the same prison. Hall and Devine have watched Montez and Bey and realize that the two love each other. They manage to break Bey out of jail, then all flee to
the mountains, where Bey has been gathering his forces for an eventual assault on Zucco's army. Zucco then uses pain to extract the location of Bey's headquarters from Montez and takes her and his men to the hideout. In a spectacular finish that sees Montez miraculously spared, there are several
thousand rocks just waiting to be released on anyone who comes that way; Bey lets the boulders fly and the advancing evil-doers are crushed into fodder.
This time, Bey gets the female star and Hall is only used as comedic counterpoint with Devine. Hall had gained some weight and was no longer the svelte leading man he was in ALOMA OF THE SOUTH SEAS, ARABIAN-KNIGHTS, ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, and a host of other costume pieces. Dominican-born
Montez was only 25 when this was made but her career was already waning. She had weight problems and eventually embarked on a too-strenuous diet and died in her tub from a heart attack at the age of 31. Most of her movies were good examples of well-made B pictures and usually coined money. She
ended her career overseas in a series of second-rate French and Italian movies, with her final appearance being in THE PIRATE'S REVENGE (LA VENDETTA DEL CORSARO).
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- Review: It's another one of Montez's patented "sand and sex" movies, with lots of dancing girls, brief costumes, and the ubiquitous desert lurking outside the tent. Montez is the new queen of her land of Khemmis, somewhere near ancient Egypt, because her father ha… (more)