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The Barbarian (1933)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 12 May 1933 (USA)
An American tourist catches the eye of a disguised Arab prince who decides to kidnap her, then try to win her love.

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Sam Wood

Writers:

Anita Loos (screen play), Elmer Harris (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Jamil El Shehab
Myrna Loy ... Diana Standing
Reginald Denny ... Gerald Hume
Louise Closser Hale ... Powers
C. Aubrey Smith ... Cecil Harwood
Edward Arnold ... Pasha Achmed
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Hume
Marcelle Corday ... Marthe
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Loway
Leni Stengel ... Ilsa
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A racy story of Myrna, who arrives in Cairo to meet her fiance. She attracts the attention of Ramon, a conniving Arab guide who enchants rich women tourists in order to take advantage of them. She falls under his spell, and he turns out to be more than he seems. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Hear Novarro Sing Love Songs of the Nile!


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Country:

USA

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English | French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

12 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Night in Cairo See more »

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Budget:

$444,399 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Myrna Loy wrote in her autobiography that she was wearing a flesh-tinted body suit in the supposed nude scene. See more »

Goofs

When Jamil leaves Diana's room via the balcony, a camera shadow is briefly seen moving across the railing under him, at the bottom of the picture. See more »

Connections

Version of The Arab (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Songs of the Nile
by Nacio Herb Brown (as Nacio Brown) and Arthur Freed
Sung in Egyptian and English by Ramon Novarro (uncredited)
Reprised by Ramon Novarro (uncredited) often
Hummed by Myrna Loy (uncredited)
[Played as background music throughout]
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Compelling because of Loy and Novarro, but...
21 December 2016 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

Let's start with the positives – you have the very beautiful Myrna Loy appearing in a bathtub for goodness sake, a suave Ramon Novarro wooing her with beautiful songs, and an exotic pre-code tale set in Egypt. Where modern viewers will struggle is with the scenes in the desert, where Novarro mistreats and later rapes Loy. What started out as a forbidden romance, albeit with borderline creepiness in Novarro's persistence, becomes cringe-inducing, and I have to say, I also hated the ending. Men forcing themselves on women until they gave in was de rigueur for the time, and the fantasy about Arabs post-Valentino was still strong in America, but the film would have been stronger had it either had Novarro's character been truly honorable ('Barbarian' indeed), or Loy's ultimately capable of resisting him if he wasn't. As it is, one feels conflicted and kind of icky with the message it conveys about both Arabs and women. And yet, Loy and Novarro are both pretty compelling, and make it worth watching. Did I mention Loy appears in a bathtub?


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