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Suez (1938)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 October 1938 (USA)
Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Sam Duncan (story), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Ferdinand de Lesseps
Loretta Young ... Countess Eugenie de Montijo
Annabella ... Toni Pellerin
J. Edward Bromberg ... Prince Said
Joseph Schildkraut ... Vicomte Rene De Latour
Henry Stephenson ... Count Mathieu de Lesseps
Sidney Blackmer ... Marquis Du Brey
Maurice Moscovitch ... Mohammed Ali (as Maurice Moscovich)
Sig Ruman ... Sergeant Pellerin (as Sig Rumann)
Nigel Bruce ... Sir Malcolm Cameron
Miles Mander ... Benjamin Disraeli
George Zucco ... Prime Minister
Leon Ames ... Napoleon III - Emperor of France
Rafaela Ottiano ... Maria De Teba
Victor Varconi ... Victor Hugo
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Storyline

De Lesseps is a young aristocrat who conceives the idea for the Suez Canal. When Napoleon fails him, the British show interest. Though the production values make the film entertaining its historical content is generally agreed to be awful. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A man of two loves and one mighty deed ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suezu See more »

Filming Locations:

Corona, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Microphonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1964 producer Samuel Bronston announced a remake. See more »

Quotes

Toni Pellerin: Look! A rainbow! Oh, Grandfather says there's a pot of gold at the end.
Ferdinand de Lesseps: One end in the Mediterranean and the other in the Red Sea. What a pot of gold for the world if they could be joined: the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Look, Toni! That water in the old gulf. Just as it was centuries ago, when the Phoenicians sailed through. Can you imagine ships sailing right through here where we're standing?
Toni Pellerin: Ships?
Ferdinand de Lesseps: Yes. Not ancient galleys but modern ships, steamers, sailing a short trade route to the ...
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Soundtracks

Artist's Life (Kunstlerleben), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Emil Gerstenberger
Played as dance music at the Emperor's reception
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Sandstorm almost rescues talky, lumbering historical romance...
12 March 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SUEZ is a stodgy romantic drama, a highly fictionalized biographical account of the builder of the Suez canal. It's got some nice costuming (for Loretta Young especially), some decent performances (Tyrone Power does nicely in the leading role and Annabella has a certain exotic charm), and the big storm scene is extremely well done as far as special effects go.

Power and Young were both at the height of their physical appeal and their close-ups are as stunning as Miss Young's wardrobe.

But it struggles to stay alive through the first few reels and it takes an interminable time for the plot to be resolved. It goes on and on at great length without making any sort of impression as a reasonably faithful biography of the man. The romance between Power, Young and Annabella seems no more than a cardboard romantic triangle such as the kind Hollywood often invented for biographies. (As, for example, in the Bronte biography, DEVOTION).

As historical drama, it's flimsy. Only the most faithful fans of Power and Loretta Young (both of whom are attractively photographed for maximum glamor) will really be satisfied with this one. All of the production elements are there, but the end result is not quite what audiences expected.

Most satisfying element is the great cast of supporting actors--Henry Stephenson, Joseph Schildkraut, J. Edgar Bromberg, Miles Mander, Nigel Bruce and George Zucco. Only standout flaw in casting is Leon Ames as Napoleon (before he became MGM's favorite father figure in "Little Women" and "Meet Me In St. Louis"). He just seems out of place.

The sandstorm is magnificent but comes too late to save the film.


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