Drums of the Desert (1940)

64 mins | Drama | 7 October 1940

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HISTORY

According to a HR production chart, Rolfe Sedan was to appear in the cast, but his participation in the final film is unconfirmed. This picture was partially filmed on location in Chatsworth, ... More Less

According to a HR production chart, Rolfe Sedan was to appear in the cast, but his participation in the final film is unconfirmed. This picture was partially filmed on location in Chatsworth, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Oct 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Oct 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Oct 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Sep 40
p. 32.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Oct 40
p. 52.
Variety
6 Nov 40
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 October 1940
Production Date:
began 22 August 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 October 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10144
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6677
SYNOPSIS

Paul Dumont, a lieutenant in the French Foreign Legion, is enroute to his post as special advisor to a Sengali parachute batallion in Algeria when he meets and falls in love with Helene Laroche, a fellow passenger aboard his ship. When the ship docks, however, Helene disappears, and Paul travels to his post, where he is greeted by his close friend Jean, a captain in the Legion who also happens to be Helene's fiancé. Helene, who has come to the post to marry Jean, renounces her feelings for Paul as a shipboard romance. Before the wedding, Paul and Jean are sent on a training mission and are attacked by Ben Ali, the younger brother of the Arab leader, Abdullah. In the attack, Jean is wounded and Ben Ali is captured and sentenced to die. As Jean recuperates in the hospital, Paul escorts Helene into town, where their feelings for each other are rekindled. Unable to contain her feelings any longer, Helene confesses her love for Paul to Mrs. Fouchet, the commandant's wife, and then goes to meet Paul at the bazaar. There, Helene sees the Arabs stockpiling arms, and Abdullah orders her and Paul taken hostage and executed as revenge for the death of his brother. Back at the post, Jean learns from Mrs. Fouchet of Helene's love for Paul, but his sense of honor dictates that he go to their rescue. Commanding Paul's paratroopers, Jean attacks Abdullah's headquarters, and in the ensuing battle, he sacrifices his own life for those of the ... +


Paul Dumont, a lieutenant in the French Foreign Legion, is enroute to his post as special advisor to a Sengali parachute batallion in Algeria when he meets and falls in love with Helene Laroche, a fellow passenger aboard his ship. When the ship docks, however, Helene disappears, and Paul travels to his post, where he is greeted by his close friend Jean, a captain in the Legion who also happens to be Helene's fiancé. Helene, who has come to the post to marry Jean, renounces her feelings for Paul as a shipboard romance. Before the wedding, Paul and Jean are sent on a training mission and are attacked by Ben Ali, the younger brother of the Arab leader, Abdullah. In the attack, Jean is wounded and Ben Ali is captured and sentenced to die. As Jean recuperates in the hospital, Paul escorts Helene into town, where their feelings for each other are rekindled. Unable to contain her feelings any longer, Helene confesses her love for Paul to Mrs. Fouchet, the commandant's wife, and then goes to meet Paul at the bazaar. There, Helene sees the Arabs stockpiling arms, and Abdullah orders her and Paul taken hostage and executed as revenge for the death of his brother. Back at the post, Jean learns from Mrs. Fouchet of Helene's love for Paul, but his sense of honor dictates that he go to their rescue. Commanding Paul's paratroopers, Jean attacks Abdullah's headquarters, and in the ensuing battle, he sacrifices his own life for those of the lovers. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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