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The Desert Hawk (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 7 July 1944 (USA)
Evil Hassan slips back into his native land of Ahad and plots to overthrow his twin bother, Kasim, who has just been crowned the Caliph. Hassan enlists the aid of the chief Chamberlain, ... See full summary »


B. Reeves Eason


Sherman L. Lowe (original screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe), Leslie Swabacker (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Gilbert Roland ... Kasim, The Desert Hawk / Hassan, Evil Twin Brother
Mona Maris ... Princess Azala
Ben Welden ... Omar, the Beggar
Kenneth MacDonald ... Akbar
Frank Lackteen ... Faud, the Chief Chamberlain
I. Stanford Jolley ... Saladin
Charles Middleton ... Koda Bey
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Emil of Telif (as George Renavent)
Margia Dean ... Wizard's Daughter


Evil Hassan slips back into his native land of Ahad and plots to overthrow his twin bother, Kasim, who has just been crowned the Caliph. Hassan enlists the aid of the chief Chamberlain, Faud and they send several henchmen into the royal palace, who then knock Kasim unconscious. Faud and Hassan dispatch a couple of different hirelings to take Kasim into another part of the town and murder him.Kasin comes to and gets away, but has been wounded. Omar, a beggar, takes Kasim to his home and nurses him back to health. But, it takes a few weeks for Kasin to get healthy and, by that time, Hassan has a firm grip on the duties of a Caliph. In a storeroom, Kasim finds a coat of mail with a great hawk emblazoned across the chest and promptly decides this is the costume he will wear while fighting to get his old job back. Meanwhile, the Emir of Telif shows up with his daughter, Princess Azala, with the intent of marrying her off to the local Caliph. They do not know that the current-Caliph on the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

7 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De gier van de woestijn (part1)/De weervraak van de gier (part 2) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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(15 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The lead role was originally intended for James Ellison, but he was replaced by Gilbert Roland shortly before shooting began. See more »


Faud: Ambition cares not whose blood it spills.
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Generalised synopsis from long ago memories
15 February 2002 | by Peter OloSee all my reviews

A film, in serial form, that impressed me considerably, when I was child, living in Christchurch, N.Z. Shown approx. 15 min. duration (from memory) every Saturday morning at the Grand Theatre in Cathedral Square - it would finish at an exciting moment when you would be keen for the next week to go quickly so you could revisit the Grand (known in local slang as the "Bughouse") to learn how the scene was dealt with. The Grand no longer exists these days. It used to have a clock under the stage with a green numerical dial where everybody could always be aware of the time. The Desert Hawk was, to my mind, an exciting production of the times, well filmed, well produced and well acted. An adventure film, memory has dimmed faces and music themes, with time (made in 1944 but memory is of viewing it in the late 1940's,even possibly 1950-51) I would love to be able to relive the viewing pleasure I experienced way back then and I am grateful to IMDb for giving people the means to learn so much about movies from the database provided. Yours Sincerely, Peter Olo.

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