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Outpost in Morocco (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 2 May 1949 (USA)
After escorting an Emir's daughter to her father's stronghold, French Foreign Legion Captain Gerard's unit joins an isolated Moroccan outpost facing imminent attack by rebel Bedouin tribes.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screenplay), Paul de Sainte Colombe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Capt. Paul Gerard
Marie Windsor ... Cara
Akim Tamiroff ... Lt. Glysko
John Litel ... Col. Pascal
Ernö Verebes ... Bamboule
Eduard Franz ... Emir of Bel-Rashad
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Caid Osman
Damian O'Flynn ... Commandant Louis Fronval
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Capt. Gerard, greatest lover in the Foreign Legion, is assigned to escort an emir's daughter to her father's mountain citadel and find out what he can about the emir's activities. Gerard enjoys his work with lovely Cara, but arrives to find rebellion brewing. Can the garrison be reinforced in time? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Actually filmed in the heretofore forbidden zones of Morocco with the roughest, toughest sons-of-adventure ... The French Foreign Legion !

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aufruhr in Marokko See more »

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Production Co:

Moroccan Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Second-unit director Richard Rosson traveled to Fort Tinihir in Morocco for location shooting. There he met 900 German members of the French Foreign Legion. They had all been members of Gen. Erwin Rommel's famed Afrika Korps during World War II. When the war ended, these men, who were now POWs under French control, were given a choice by the French to either enlist in the French Foreign Legion or return home to a now-ruined Germany. Most chose to sign on as legionnaires. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Gerard and Cara are sharing a meal on their journey she tells him "left hand, always" when he uses his right hand to pick up from the dish. This is totally incorrect. In the Middle East and parts of India the left hand is considered 'dirty' and is never used to pick up food. See more »

Quotes

Bamboule: Knowing the captain, I'd look for him in some nice, cool room with a sultry lady.
Orderly: There are so many sultry ladies in Tesket.
Bamboule: Uh huh. Interesting problem, isn't it?
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Shot on Location in Morocco
18 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When I read the book The George Raft File I was shocked to learn that this Foreign Legion epic was actually shot in Morocco in actual locations with the cooperation of the Moroccan Royal Family and the Legion. If the French were looking for a recruiting tool for the Foreign Legion, they'd have been better doing a remake of Paramount's Morocco or Beau Geste.

Some elements of those two films get into Outpost in Morocco. The story such as it is has George Raft in a role that should have been Tyrone Power's if it had been a better script seducing lovely Marie Windsor, daughter of one of the local sheiks. Windsor's father is Eduard Franz who's stirring up rebellion against the French. Can Marie stop it and save her beloved Raft at the same time. If you care you might give this a look.

This film has the look and feel of a tax write off. Everybody here just goes through the motions. Raft is too wooden to seriously be considered as a romantic figure and Windsor does so much better when she's playing bad girls. Akim Tamiroff as a transplanted Cossack in the Legion comes off best, a dubious distinction for this film.

I guess the American cast also did it for a free trip to Morocco. Good a reason as any.


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