TCM RACE AND HOLLYWOOD ARAB IMAGES ON FILM

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A list of films featuring the positive and negative images of Arabs on screen from Turner Classic Movies on July 2011

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1. The Sea Hawk (1924)

Passed | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery

Votes: 437 | Gross: $0.78M

2. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher

Votes: 5,196 | Gross: $4.36M

3. The Sheik (1921)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

Director: George Melford | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller, George Waggner

Votes: 2,976

4. Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

Passed | 200 min | Action, Adventure

In the African Jungle, a group of Europeans come across the fabled white man who was raised by apes. Tarzan takes an immediate liking to the blond Mary Brooks and rescues her during a nasty... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Julie Bishop, Edward Woods, Philo McCullough

Votes: 571

5. Adventure in Iraq (1943)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure

Five Allied soldiers in an airplane flying to Egypt crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he appears to be.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: John Loder, Ruth Ford, Warren Douglas, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 127

6. Action in Arabia (1944)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Reporter Michael Gordon uncovers intrigue in Damascus, where the Allies and Nazis struggle for control of Arab sympathies.

Director: Léonide Moguy | Stars: George Sanders, Virginia Bruce, Lenore Aubert, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 425

7. Sirocco (1951)

Passed | 98 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lee J. Cobb, Märta Torén, Everett Sloane

Votes: 1,780

8. Trunk to Cairo (1965)

80 min | Drama

A James Bond-type action hero is assigned to destroy a weapons factory run by a fugitive Nazi.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Audie Murphy, George Sanders, Marianne Koch, Gila Almagor

Votes: 151

9. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 251,602 | Gross: $44.82M

10. Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, Irene Papas

Votes: 12,985

11. The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Votes: 5,234

12. Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young, June Lang

Votes: 482

13. Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937)

Approved | 17 min | Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Popeye the Sailor, accompanied by Olive Oyl and Wimpy, is dispatched to stop the dreaded bandit Abu Hassan and his force of forty thieves.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Lou Fleischer, Gus Wickie

Votes: 747

14. Road to Morocco (1942)

Passed | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 4,829 | Gross: $1.63M

15. Sahara Hare (1955)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Riff-Raff (Yosemite) Sam, riding a camel that won't whoa, chases Bugs into a French Foreign-Legion post.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 718

16. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara

Votes: 4,876

17. Mummy's Dummies (1948)

Approved | 16 min | Short, Comedy

Set in ancient Egypt, the stooges run a used chariot lot where they unload defective chariots on unsuspecting customers. When they gyp the head of the palace guard, they're brought to the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Vernon Dent

Votes: 304

18. Arabian Tights (1933)

20 min | Short, Comedy

Charley and his buddies are captured and imprisoned by an Arabian sultan.

Director: Charley Chase | Stars: Charley Chase, Muriel Evans, Carlton Griffin, Jimmie Adams

Votes: 53

19. Little Beau Porky (1936)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

Porky's in the foreign legion. But he's not allowed to fight; all he can do is scrub camels, and he's not particularly good at that. The other soldiers ride off to find the evil Ali Mode, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Joe Dougherty

Votes: 237

20. The Sad Sack (1957)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Kirk, David Wayne, Peter Lorre

Votes: 565

21. Hare-Abian Nights (1959)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs entertains the Sultan with tales from his cartoons: "Bully for Bugs", "Sahara Hare" and "Water, Water Every Hare".

Directors: Ken Harris, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 229

22. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director: Gabriel Pascal | Stars: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

Votes: 2,368

23. Dream Wife (1953)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.

Director: Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon, Betta St. John

Votes: 1,609

24. Kismet (1944)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Fantasy

In ancient Bagdad, Hafiz is a beggar - self coined the King of Beggars - and a master of the slight of hand. He often likes to wander the streets late at night pretending to be a Prince, ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig, Edward Arnold

Votes: 958

25. Chandu the Magician (1932)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Irene Ware, Bela Lugosi, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 838

26. Drums of Africa (1963)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

David Moore is in East Africa to get to his employer's railway construction site. He's accompanied by the owner's son Brian and they've lined up Jack Cuortemayn, reputedly the best guide ... See full summary »

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Mariette Hartley, Lloyd Bochner, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 131

27. Harum Scarum (1965)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

American singer Johnny Tyrone is enlisted by sinister forces to assassinate an Arab king whose daughter he has fallen in love with.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara

Votes: 1,399

28. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spyros Fokas

Votes: 48,060 | Gross: $75.97M

29. The Son of the Sheik (1926)

Passed | 68 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, George Fawcett, Montagu Love

Votes: 1,704 | Gross: $0.72M

30. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Approved | 96 min | Thriller, War

During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 4,652

31. The Black Tent (1956)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, War, Romance

In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Donald Sinden, Anthony Steel, Anna Maria Sandri, André Morell

Votes: 290

32. Three Kings (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

Votes: 155,299 | Gross: $60.65M

33. King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, History, Romance

While leading the Third Crusade, King Richard the Lionheart (George Sanders) battles treachery in his own camp as well as the Saracens and their charismatic leader Emir Hderim Sultan Saladin (Sir Rex Harrison).

Director: David Butler | Stars: Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey

Votes: 676 | Gross: $2.10M

34. Princesse Tam-Tam (1935)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Drama

A French novelist passes off a African shepherdess as a princess.

Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: Josephine Baker, Albert Préjean, Robert Arnoux, Germaine Aussey

Votes: 395

35. The Band's Visit (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 12,383 | Gross: $3.05M

36. Rana's Wedding (2002)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

71 Metascore

About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband ... See full summary »

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Clara Khoury, Khalifa Natour, Ismael Dabbag, Walid Abed Elsalam

Votes: 462

37. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

96 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash

Votes: 49,009 | Gross: $0.06M



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