Flame of Araby (1952)

77 mins | Romance | January 1952

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Flame of the Desert . Judith Braun, Noreen Michaels, and Cindy Garner made their motion picture debuts, and British film star Maxwell Reed made his American film debut, in Flame of Araby . Although Leslie I. Carey and Richard DeWeese are credited onscreen with sound direction, a HR news item lists Jack Rixey and DeWeese as the sound men. HR news items also list Jack Reitzen as a cast member, but he was not in the released film. Some scenes were shot on location at Lone Pine, ... More Less

The working title of this film was Flame of the Desert . Judith Braun, Noreen Michaels, and Cindy Garner made their motion picture debuts, and British film star Maxwell Reed made his American film debut, in Flame of Araby . Although Leslie I. Carey and Richard DeWeese are credited onscreen with sound direction, a HR news item lists Jack Rixey and DeWeese as the sound men. HR news items also list Jack Reitzen as a cast member, but he was not in the released film. Some scenes were shot on location at Lone Pine, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Nov 1951.
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Daily Variety
16 Nov 51
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Nov 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Apr 51
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 51
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 51
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 51
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 51
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Nov 51
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Nov 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Nov 51
p. 1118.
New York Times
18 Dec 51
p. 43.
New York Times
20 Dec 51
p. 41.
Variety
21 Nov 51
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Flame of the Desert
Release Date:
January 1952
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 December 1951
Los Angeles opening: 25 December 1951
Production Date:
27 April--late May 1951
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
30 October 1951
Copyright Number:
LP1248
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
77
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15376
SYNOPSIS

Bedouin sheik Tamerlane and his two servants, Basra and Yak, search the Arabian desert for its finest wild stallion, Shazada. As soon as Tamerlane traps the horse, however, a beautiful redhead runs into his path, forcing him to release Shazada in order to save her. After the young woman haughtily presents him with a scarf, he spanks her for getting in his way, only to discover later that she is a Tunisian princess named Tanya. Tanya returns to her palace, where she discovers that the rival Corsair lords, brothers Borka and Hakim Barbarossa, have invaded and that her father has been poisoned. Although the dying king warns his successor, Prince Medina, that Tanya must be protected from the Barabarossas, Medina nonetheless offers the princess as a gift to his rivals in exchange for peace. Tanya counters by agreeing to marry the winner of the Grand Tayifa horse race, a challenge the Barbarossas readily accept, as they always win the race with their prize stallions. Later, when Tamerlane brings a wild mare to trade at the Barbarrosas' debauched marketplace, the brothers bait him into fighting and killing one of their men, an act punishable by death. Tamerlane is forced to flee to the palace, where he shows Tanya's scarf and asks for protection. She allows him food and horses, secretly planning to follow him as he tracks Shazada, so she can then steal the horse and enter it in the Grand Tayifa to win her freedom. Over the next weeks, Tanya camps near Tamerlane, waiting for him to capture the stallion. After he catches Shazada, she attempts to talk Tamerlane into racing the horse for her, and then tries to ... +


Bedouin sheik Tamerlane and his two servants, Basra and Yak, search the Arabian desert for its finest wild stallion, Shazada. As soon as Tamerlane traps the horse, however, a beautiful redhead runs into his path, forcing him to release Shazada in order to save her. After the young woman haughtily presents him with a scarf, he spanks her for getting in his way, only to discover later that she is a Tunisian princess named Tanya. Tanya returns to her palace, where she discovers that the rival Corsair lords, brothers Borka and Hakim Barbarossa, have invaded and that her father has been poisoned. Although the dying king warns his successor, Prince Medina, that Tanya must be protected from the Barabarossas, Medina nonetheless offers the princess as a gift to his rivals in exchange for peace. Tanya counters by agreeing to marry the winner of the Grand Tayifa horse race, a challenge the Barbarossas readily accept, as they always win the race with their prize stallions. Later, when Tamerlane brings a wild mare to trade at the Barbarrosas' debauched marketplace, the brothers bait him into fighting and killing one of their men, an act punishable by death. Tamerlane is forced to flee to the palace, where he shows Tanya's scarf and asks for protection. She allows him food and horses, secretly planning to follow him as he tracks Shazada, so she can then steal the horse and enter it in the Grand Tayifa to win her freedom. Over the next weeks, Tanya camps near Tamerlane, waiting for him to capture the stallion. After he catches Shazada, she attempts to talk Tamerlane into racing the horse for her, and then tries to seduce him, but the fiercely independent sheik refuses her advances. The two are both attracted to and infuriated by each other, and as Tanya watches Tamerlane tame Shazada, her admiration for him grows. Soon after, the Barbarossas capture Tanya, and when Tamerlane learns from his servants how bravely she fought against them, he applauds her spirit and decides to risk his life by entering Shazada in the Grand Tayifa. To safeguard his life, Tamerlane appears at the race at the last possible moment, and then wins easily. Although he flees Tunisia immediately after the race, Tanya, who can now marry anyone she chooses, chases after him and declares her love, as the Barbarossas trample Medina to death. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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