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Desert Nights (1929)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 9 March 1929 (USA)
A con man and his beautiful accomplice kidnap a manager and steal $500,000 worth of diamonds, but end up stranded in the desert without water.

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William Nigh

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John T. Neville (story by) (as John Thomas Neville), Dale Van Every (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Hugh Rand
Ernest Torrence ... Lord Stonehill
Mary Nolan ... Lady Diana Stonehill
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Storyline

Hugh Roland is the manager of an African diamond mine, when Lord Stonehill and his daughter Diana arrive to visit the mine. He immediately takes a liking to the lovely Diana, but unfortunately they turn out to be imposters who seize a tray of diamonds and kidnap him while escaping to the desert. Not knowing how to survive in the desert, the two eventually must rely on Hugh to find water and get them out. Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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She hated him-scorned his advances- and then in the burning desert, he gave her his last precious drops of water! (Print Ad- Evening Record, ((Ellensburg, Wash.)) 8 June 1929) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1929 (USA) See more »

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Thirst See more »

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Silent (alternate version)| Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

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1.20 : 1
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John Gilbert's last silent film. Later that year he would make his disastrous sound debut in His Glorious Night (1929). See more »

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Assistant manager: [after reading telegram] A lady from home! Haven't seen a white woman in years.
Hugh Rand: Don't expect too much. No beauty would come to this desolate hole.
[Takes the telegram]
Hugh Rand: I bet she's an old maid - bow-legged and cross-eyed!
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A very enjoyable late silent from MGM
15 June 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Of all the major American studios, MGM was the slowest to switch from silents to talking pictures. The studio head, Louis B. Mayer, insisted that talkies were just a fad...and so they continued making silent films up through 1929. Other studios had pretty much gone all talking by 1929. One of the later silents, and John Gilbert's last silent, was this dandy film "Desert Nights".

The film is set somewhere in Southern Africa. You aren't sure of the country but you know that the Kalahari Desert is in the region. This desert plays an important part because the boss of a diamond mine, Hugh Rand (Gilbert) is kidnapped and a fortune in diamonds is stolen by some clever crooks. However, Rand turns out to be the clever one as he ends up taking the crooks for a strange adventure.

There really wasn't anything I didn't like about the film. Gilbert is good, as always and the film is well written and exciting. Additionally, the end if smart and works well. Surprisingly, I don't think this film was ever re-made as a talking picture and with such an interesting plot, it should have been.


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