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Ten Tall Men (1951)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, War | 25 January 1952 (Sweden)
During the Rif War in Morocco, the French Foreign Legion's outpost of Tarfa is threatened by Khalif Hussein's tribes but Sergeant Mike Kincaid devises a plan of survival until the arrival of French reinforcements.

Director:

Willis Goldbeck

Writers:

Roland Kibbee (screenplay), Frank Davis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Sergeant Mike Kincaid
Jody Lawrance ... Mahla
Gilbert Roland ... Corporal Luis Delgado
Kieron Moore ... Corporal Pierre Molier
George Tobias ... Londos
John Dehner ... Jardine
Nick Dennis ... Mouse
Mike Mazurki ... Roshko
Gerald Mohr ... Kayeed Hussein
Ian MacDonald ... Lustig
Mari Blanchard ... Marie DeLatour
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Yussif
Robert Clary ... Mossul
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Kurt
Michael Pate ... Browning
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Storyline

Sgt. Mike Kincaid of the French Foreign Legion learns, from a Riff prisoner, that an attack will soon be made by the villainous Hussin on the Legion's outpost of Tarfa. Kincaid volunteers to lead nine other Legionnaires on a mission to delay Hussin's attack till reinforcements arrive. When he discovers that Hussin plans to marry Mahla, a girl from a rival tribe, in order to build a coalition against the French, Kincaid kidnaps Mahla. Hussin forcefully takes her back, but by now his planned attack on Tarfa is crumbling and Mahla has begun to fall in love with Kincaid. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Taglines:

That foreign legion breed of man! That "Beau Geste" brand of greatness! (from re-release print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Frauenraub in Marokko See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Clary's film debut. See more »

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When Mahla escapes from the legionnaires on a horse, pursued by Kincaid, the rider is an obvious stunt double, much larger in physique than Mahla. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Luis Delgado: They're being called to the wedding, Mike.
Cpl. Pierre Molier: The way she looked at you, I don't think she wants to marry him.
Sgt. Mike Kincaid: She'll go through with it. She gave her oath.
Lustig: Sarge, you're not thinking of stealing her again?
Mouse: Come on, Mike! We got to get back to Tarfa!
Kurt: Yes! The regiment is back.
Lustig: How 'bout it, Sarge?
Sgt. Mike Kincaid: You boys go ahead. I'm going to a wedding.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The Sahara--years ago. Land of the Riffs, the Foreign Legion- and Adventure See more »

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Carry on up the desert
3 April 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When French Foreign Legionnaire Kincaid (Burt Lancaster) is told of an impending attack on the outpost of in North Africa while he is imprisoned. In return for his freedom he and his men will distract the enemy until help arrived.

However he learns that the treacherous leader of the Riffs plans to marry Mahla, a girl from a rival tribe in order to create an alliance against the French. Kincaid kidnaps her and takes for the desert where both fall for each other.

Burt Lancaster was the tough, compassionate and dashing soldier several years before From Here to Eternity.

The plot nicely shot in Technicolour does have a hint of being shot in a Hollywood back lot rather than a desert. It also has a whole heap of campness especially with a bare chested Lancaster about to be tortured.

Its purely a film of its time with a light plot, broad humour, a clunky romance where the white soldier kidnaps the Arab princess and inexplicably fall in love. Still you feel that all involved had their tongues in their cheeks and went all out to entertain.


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