Flame Of Araby (1951)

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    • Flame Of Araby (1951)

      FLAME OF ARABY

      DIRECTED BY CHARLES LAMONT
      PRODUCED BY LEONARD GOLDSTEIN/ ROSS HUNTER
      UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL PICTURES



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      In a mythical, medieval North Africa (looking a lot like California)
      a Bedouin chief named Tamerlane is seeking to capture the magnificent wild stallion Shazada
      when he meets tomboyish Princess Tanya of Tunis.
      When the two meet again in Tunis, Tamerlane has run afoul
      of the barbaric Corsair Lords, one of whom Tanya's wicked cousin is forcing her to marry.
      To avoid this dire fate, Tanya must arrange for a "dark horse" to win the forthcoming great
      race...which means a battle of wits between Tanya and Tamerlane,
      taking romantic overtones.
      Written by Rod Crawford


      Full Cast
      Maureen O'Hara .... Princess Tanya
      Jeff Chandler .... Tamerlane
      Maxwell Reed .... Prince Medina
      Lon Chaney Jr. .... Borka Barbarossa (as Lon Chaney)
      Buddy Baer .... Hakim Barbarossa
      Richard Egan .... Captain Fezil
      Dewey Martin .... Yak
      Royal Dano .... Basra
      Susan Cabot .... Clio
      Judith Braun .... Calu
      Henry Brandon .... Malik
      rest of cast listed alphabetically:
      Neville Brand .... Kral
      Richard Hale .... King Chandra
      Tony Barr .... Malat (uncredited)
      Frederic Berest .... Ibid (uncredited)
      Virginia Brissac .... Alhena (uncredited)
      Barry Brooks .... Guard (uncredited)
      Leon Charles .... Huntsman (uncredited)
      André Charlot .... Court Physician (uncredited)
      Dorothy Ford .... Naja (uncredited)
      Cindy Garner .... Elaine (uncredited)
      Chuck Hamilton .... Ayub (uncredited)
      Joe Kamaryt .... Court Physician (uncredited)
      Noreen Michaels .... Zara (uncredited)
      William Tannen .... Captain of Guards (uncredited)
      Lillian Ten Eyck .... Elaine's Mother (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Gerald Drayson Adams

      Produced
      Leonard Goldstein .... producer
      Ross Hunter .... associate producer

      Original Music
      Milton Rosen (uncredited)
      Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
      Frank Skinner (uncredited)

      Non-Original Music
      Edward Ward (stock music) (uncredited)

      Cinematography
      Russell Metty

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Flame of Araby (a.k.a. Flame of the Desert) is a 1951 American Technicolor adventure film
      directed by Charles Lamont starring Jeff Chandler and Maureen O'Hara.

      British film star Maxwell Reed made his American film debut in the picture.

      Locations were shot at three famous film locations:
      Vasquez Rocks, Bronson Canyon, and the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California.



      Another film were Maureen has the starring role,
      once again paired with Jeff Chandler.
      Maureen, is mis-cast in this one,
      and so is Jeff Chandler, whose political views,
      were totally opposite, to the part, he was playing.
      Coupled with the fact, California doesn't quite look like Tunisia,
      and how many red-heads, come from that desert region, anyway??
      the whole thing is nonsense!!
      Look out for some Duke, friends
      Lon Chaney Jr., Henry Brandon , Neville Brand
      and Dorothy Ford ....



      User Review

      Jeff Chandler wins the Maureen O'Hara handicap,
      Author: bkoganbing
      Back in the 1940s Universal studios big star was Maria Montez who hit a gold mine in those Arabian sand and sandal epics with Jon Hall and Sabu. A whole set was built for her and her films.

      Now boss Carl Laemmle at Universal was always practical and why waste those sets. So Universal made a whole lot of those films for its post war pin up boys, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, and Jeff Chandler.

      But this was one of the worst of them. Of course the obvious flaw is Maureen O'Hara as the Red-headed Arab princess. Ms. O'Hara was great when she was cast right, but here, she looks ridiculous and she knows it.

      The plot such as it is involves Jeff Chandler as a Bedouin chief who has one aim, to capture the Black Stallion, Shozada. Along the way he develops a yen for Maureen. Well who wouldn't, redheads being such a premium out there in the Tunisian desert.

      Maureen wants the horse too. She wants it so she can win the annual horse race and not have to marry one of the two Corsair Brothers, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Buddy Baer. Yoikes, what a choice.

      So hero and heroine find a commonality of interest in the horse and each other.

      I've often wondered what Jeff Chandler, who's real name was Ira Grossel, and who took being Jewish very seriously thought about playing an Arab. Remember this is post the Israeli war of independence and Chandler was a noted Zionist. He didn't look thrilled to be in this picture either. Was it politics or was it because it was such a stinkeroo.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Flame Of Araby (1951)

      :wink_smile:

      Maureen had to shoot this film not much interesting for her because she wanted to keep his energy for the next film, "The Quiet Man" ...

      a short video

      Good reading!
      Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
      French-English translation: poor !!!
      :blush:

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