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Hotel Sahara (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 31 December 1951 (USA)
In World War II, desert hotel proprietors Emad (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Yasmin (Yvonne De Carlo) are caught between the warring armies and have to constantly shift their political allegiance to whichever army happens to control the area.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Patrick Kirwan (story), George H. Brown (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Yasmin Pallas
Peter Ustinov ... Emad
David Tomlinson ... Captain Puffin Cheyne
Roland Culver ... Major Bill Randall
Albert Lieven ... Lieutenant Gunther von Heilicke
Bill Owen ... Private Binns
Guido Lorraine Guido Lorraine ... Captain Giuseppi
Mireille Perrey ... Mme. Pallas
Ferdy Mayne ... Yusef
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Corporal Pullar
Eugene Deckers ... French Spahi officer
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Storyline

During World War II, Emad (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Yasmin (Yvonne De Carlo) are the proprietors of a desert hotel caught between the various waring sides.The hotel owners realize that the key to their survival is their constantly shifting allegiance to the political regimes of the various belligerent armies that happen to control the area at any given time. As the fortunes of war dictate, the area is successively controlled by the Italians, the Germans, the British, and the French. Yasmin, at Emad's suggestion, goes the extra mile and charms the Italian, German, and British officers, with hilarious consequences. Written by nufs68

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She Sings! She Dances! She Romances! She's Engaged in Maneuvers with Three Different Armies! And She's Got Everything! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Sahara See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

To all ex-soldiers who, browned off battered and occasionally bewildered, served in the conflicting desert armies, and to the unfortunate civilians who had to put up with 'em, this film is dedicated. See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Seeing You
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal
Heard on the radio
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Uproarious farce
16 March 2004 | by glenw9398See all my reviews

Uproarious World War II farce about the hotel of the title. Yvonne DeCarlo and Peter Ustinov as the proprietors, trying to survive the war but sitting in just the right place in the desert that the hotel changes sides depending on how the battle is going that week. The British move in, then out as the Germans move in, then out. Yvonne DeCarlo changes her personality, her wardrobe and her musical numbers to fit whoever the current occupiers happen to be. Hilarious ending has all sides occupying the hotel all at once. And you thought Yvonne DeCarlo was just Herman Munster's wife! Too bad this one isn't on video somewhere. Well worth a look if you happen to run across it.


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