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South of Suez (1940)

Approved | | Mystery, Drama | 16 November 1940 (USA)
Greedy diamond mine owner Eli Snedeker, resentful that his ex-foreman John Gamble stopped him from taking over kindly, but drunken, mine owner Roger Smythe's mine just as he was about to ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Barry Trivers (screenplay), Sheridan Gibney (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... John Gamble
Brenda Marshall ... Katharine 'Kit' Sheffield
George Tobias ... Eli Snedeker
James Stephenson ... Inspector Thornton
Lee Patrick ... Delia Snedeker
Eric Blore ... Harold 'Limey' Wemsley
Miles Mander ... Roger Smythe
Cecil Kellaway ... Henry Putnam
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Putnam
Gilbert Emery ... Manders
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Prosecutor
Frederick Worlock ... Defense Counsel
Edward Fielding ... Judge
Leonard Mudie ... Registrar
Crauford Kent ... Sedley
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Storyline

Greedy diamond mine owner Eli Snedeker, resentful that his ex-foreman John Gamble stopped him from taking over kindly, but drunken, mine owner Roger Smythe's mine just as he was about to strike it rich, kills Smythe and blames it on Gamble. Grabbing the diamonds, Gamble flees Africa to England where he changes his name and begins a new life. What he hasn't counted on, though, is meeting and falling in love with Smythe's daughter Katherine, who falls in love with him but can't marry him until she can deal with her hatred of John Gamble, the man she believes killed her father. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Where He Finds ADVENTURE You'll Find Thrills!

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Mystery | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al sur de Suez See more »

Filming Locations:

Randsburg, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Raft was originally cast as John Gamble, but he turned down the role because he didn't like the story. The production was delayed for rewriting the role to suit George Brent. See more »

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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Sung a cappella by Eric Blore
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melodrama starring George Brent
11 May 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

George Brent is "South of Suez" with Lee Patrick, George Tobias, and Miles Mander. Released in 1940, Brent plays John Gamble, who is the foreman of a diamond mine owner, Eli Snedeker (Tobias), in Africa. Gamble is soon an ex-foreman, as he doesn't like Snedeker's sleazy practices.

Snedeker attempts to cheat Roger Smythe (Mander) out of his diamond claim, which thus far hasn't yielded anything. Gamble figures the claim must be worth something, so he rips up the papers before Smythe can sign them, angering Snedeker, and Gamble goes into partnership with Smythe. One diamond found on the property is a large, star-shaped diamond worth at least 50,000 pounds.

With that and the other diamonds mined, Smythe has enough to leave Africa and join his daughter Katherine (Brenda Marshall) in Egypt. Before he can, Snedeker kills him, but can't find the diamond because Gamble has the diamonds to sell for both of them. Delia, Snedeker's wife, witnesses the murder, but when Gamble returns, angry that he's rejected her, she tells him she'll point the finger at him. Gamble takes off, makes it to London, changes his name to Bradley, and becomes very rich.

He's never forgotten about Katherine, Smythe's daughter, and locates her. They fall in love, but he can't tell her his true identity, because she hates Gamble and is trying to find him to bring him to justice. One night, he sees an opportunity to get rid of John Gamble forever.

This is a good story, and I have to say I didn't mind the acting as much as another reviewer on this site did. I'm used to George Brent, I guess, and I thought Eric Blore, as his friend Limey that he makes while he's a stowaway on a ship, was colorful enough to make up for any of Brent's shortcomings. As far as the vitriol against Brenda Marshall (Mrs. William Holden), I've always liked her.

This is a melodramatic but entertaining movie containing a typical mistake, stated by a judge, that a wife can't testify against her husband. Sure she can. She just can't be forced to do so.

The Hollywood sets suggest a foreign land, and as stated in another review, probably were left over from The Letter. It makes sense.

Enjoyable.


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