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The Lebanese Mission (1956)

La châtelaine du Liban (original title)
Jean Servais and Omar Sharif are explorers searching for uranium in the Arabian desert. They run into spies, thieves and two attractive mysterious women played by Juliette Greco and Luciana Paluzzi.


Richard Pottier


Pierre Benoît (novel), Maurice Aubergé


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Complete credited cast:
Jean-Claude Pascal ... Jean Domèvre
Gianna Maria Canale ... Comtesse Athelstane Orloff (as Gianna-Maria Canale)
Jean Servais ... Maj. Charles Hobson
Luciana Paluzzi ... Michèle Hennequin (as Luciana Paoluzzi)
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... M. Hennequin
Robert Dalban ... Malek
Jess Hahn ... Le valet
Guy Henry Guy Henry ... Le géant (as Guy Henri)
Jean Lefebvre ... La Pie
Aïché Nana Aïché Nana ... La danseuse
Omar Sharif ... Mokrir (as Omar Cherif)
Juliette Gréco ... Maroussia


Jean Servais and Omar Sharif are explorers searching for uranium in the Arabian desert. They run into spies, thieves and two attractive mysterious women played by Juliette Greco and Luciana Paluzzi.

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Release Date:

12 September 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Detour See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Remake of La châtelaine du Liban (1934) See more »


Mon Coeur n'Était pas Fait pour Ça
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Paul Misraki
Performed by Juliette Gréco
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The uranium syndrome
27 November 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It was the last line for estimable director Richard Pottier,the man who directed the first version of "some like it hot" ("Fanfare D'Amour" ).He could also be good at films noirs as "Meurtres" or "la Ferme Aux Loups" bear witness.But as far as adventure movies are concerned ,it does not really make it.The screenplay is not only dull and slow,as the precedent users pointed out,it's also desultory and incoherent.Pierre Benoit's books were extravaganzas ("L'Atlantide" on which Pabst based one of his movies) which were acceptable in the exotic atmosphere of the FRench thirties ;in the fifties,it was over the hill.The adventure movie,as HG Clouzot had brilliantly proved ("le Salaire De lA Peur") became more demanding.....

What have we got here: an absurd cast gathering French (Jean Claude Pascal as the handsome macho raider ,Jean Servais as the villain),Gianna Maria Canale ,the Italian Beauty ,as a treacherous courtesan , Omar Sharif (you read well:he was credited under his Egyptian name) ,Jean Lefevre (later a specialist of French coarse comedies),Lucianna Paoluzzi (later a James Bond girl in "Thunderball" as Paluzzi)..... And even Juliette Greco who pulls the obligatory little tune in a nightclub .Both Greco's song and a belly dance are mostly filler.

The subject revolves around uranium which was found by Sharif in the Arabian desert.Despite the ending,"the treasure of the Sierra Madre" ,it isn't....

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