The Desert Song (1929)

125 mins | Performance | 1929

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

Furusawa

Production Companies:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., The Vitaphone Corp.
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HISTORY

For information of other film adaptations of the Broadway operetta, please consult the entry below for the 1944 Warner Bros. production The Desert Song , directed by Robert Florey and starring Dennis Morgan and Irene ... More Less

For information of other film adaptations of the Broadway operetta, please consult the entry below for the 1944 Warner Bros. production The Desert Song , directed by Robert Florey and starring Dennis Morgan and Irene Manning. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 May 1929.
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New York Times
2 May 1929
p. 20.
Variety
10 Apr 1929
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Tech
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Vitaphone Symphnony Orch cond by
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Desert Song , book and lyrics by Lawrence Schwab, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel, music by Sigmund Romberg (New York, 30 Nov 1926)
SONGS
"The Riff Song," "French Military Marching Song," "Then You Will Know," "One Alone," "The Desert Song," "Song of the Brass Key," "One Flower Grows Alone in Your Garden," "Sabre Song" and "Romance," words by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Sigmund Romberg.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 8 April 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 May 1929
Copyright Number:
LP358
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone, produced with Wester Electric apparatus
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
125
Length(in feet):
11,034
Length(in reels):
13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The Red Shadow, the leader of a tribe of Riff horsemen, is in actuality Pierre Birbeau, the seemingly weak and simple-minded son of the commandant of French forces in the Moroccan desert. Pierre's father champions a marriage between Margot and Paul, and Pierre, who loves the girl passionately, dons his disguise and kidnaps her, taking her to the desert palace of Ali Ben Ali. The commandant follows with a troop of men and challenges The Red Shadow (his own son) to a duel. The Red Shadow refuses the challenge and is disgraced in front of his men, losing their respect. The Red Shadow goes off into the desert, then, dropping his disguise, returns to the fort to be greeted warmly by his father and Margot, who have learned that Pierre and The Red Shadow are one and the ... +


The Red Shadow, the leader of a tribe of Riff horsemen, is in actuality Pierre Birbeau, the seemingly weak and simple-minded son of the commandant of French forces in the Moroccan desert. Pierre's father champions a marriage between Margot and Paul, and Pierre, who loves the girl passionately, dons his disguise and kidnaps her, taking her to the desert palace of Ali Ben Ali. The commandant follows with a troop of men and challenges The Red Shadow (his own son) to a duel. The Red Shadow refuses the challenge and is disgraced in front of his men, losing their respect. The Red Shadow goes off into the desert, then, dropping his disguise, returns to the fort to be greeted warmly by his father and Margot, who have learned that Pierre and The Red Shadow are one and the same. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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