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The Camels Are Coming (1934)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 31 December 1934 (UK)
A British officer in the Camel Corps in Egypt goes undercover to investigate a gang of drug smugglers. He enlists the aid of a female pilot to help break up the gang.


Tim Whelan, Robert Stevenson (uncredited)


Tim Whelan (story), Russell G. Medcraft (story) (as Russell Medcraft) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Jack Hulbert ... Jack Campbell
Anna Lee ... Anita Rodgers
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Nicholas
Harold Huth Harold Huth ... Dr. Zhiga
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Sheikh
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Colonel Fairley
Norma Whalley Norma Whalley ... Tourist
Peggy Simpson Peggy Simpson ... Tourist
Percy Parsons Percy Parsons ... Arab
Tony De Lungo Tony De Lungo ... Nicholas' Servant
E.V.H. Emmett E.V.H. Emmett ... Commentator


A British officer in the Camel Corps in Egypt goes undercover to investigate a gang of drug smugglers. He enlists the aid of a female pilot to help break up the gang.

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Adventure | Comedy


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Release Date:

31 December 1934 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A sivatag kalózai See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


JB Tune
Music by James Blades and Jack Brand
Performed by Jack Hulbert on shawm and drum
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Jack's gone too far again
8 July 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I taped this off UK Channel 4 in the '80's - the adverts I unfortunately included are more dated than the film itself now. Britain's colonial past is paraded before us - it's worth remembering however that Egypt only finally ditched British and French masters as late as 1956, from then on preferring American masters instead.

The title cashes in on the first "Biggles" book by W.E. Johns published a year or so before - but of course the film bears hardly any comparison to the book, but is OK in its own right. Jack, working for the British-Egyptian air force, has to stop dope smuggling across the desert, organised by an American (Hartley Power) controlling a band of singing Riff robbers. On the way he meets ever smiling Anna Lee and they fall instantly in love. This makes it the odder that he ends up singing his famous song "Who's been polishing the Sun" to a squatting dopey tribesman! This is the only song in the film and it was not the version that was commercially available.

Without ads my copy runs 70 minutes, so maybe the PC censor had already done some chopping by 1989. Some nice primitive aerial footage of the pyramids etc, some nice olde style charming gags make TCAC a pleasant, if not very enlightening experience.

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