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Sword in the Desert (1949) DVD

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Sword in the Desert (1949)


George Sherman    


Robert Buckner    


Dana AndrewsMärta TorénStephen McNally
Sword in the Desert is set in Palestine during World War II. Dana Andrews plays an American seaman engaged in smuggling European Jewish refugees into the Holy Land, despite the restrictions levied by the British occupation troops. Fifth-billed Jeff Chandler makes his movie debut as an Israeli rebel leader; his performance garnered so much fan mail that Chandler was given a seven-year contract at Universal. Few of those letters came from Britain, where Sword in the Desert ran into distribution difficulties due to its blatant anti-British slant--especially as manifested in the underground radio broadcasts of leading lady Marta Toren. The principal complaint was that the British seemed to be the sole villains in the script, which virtually ignored the Arab resistance to the formation of Israel. Sword in the Desert represents a low-key warm-up to the blood-and-thunder excesses of Otto Preminger's 1960 Exodus.

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  1. Well done historically significant film. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 14th 2018

    The film is basically the story of the European Jews escaping the ravages of Nazism/Europe to find a home in Israel. Acting is good, information relatively true, though the British didn't like the unfriendly role given the British in those times. Enjoyable.

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