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Sundown (1941)

Approved | | Drama, War | 31 October 1941 (USA)
In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Charles G. Booth (adaptation), Barré Lyndon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Zia
Bruce Cabot ... Capt. William Crawford
George Sanders ... Major A. L. 'Herbie' Coombes
Harry Carey ... Alan Dewey
Joseph Calleia ... Pallini
Reginald Gardiner ... Lt. Rodney 'Roddy' Turner
Carl Esmond ... Jan Kuypens
Marc Lawrence ... Abdi Hammud
Cedric Hardwicke ... Bishop Coombes (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Gilbert Emery ... Ashburton
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Miriami
Emmett Smith Emmett Smith ... Kipsang
Dorothy Dandridge ... Kipsang's Wife
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Storyline

Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Her beauty was a challenge to adventure !

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sundown See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Woody Strode. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, in establishing location, there is a visual of the world, then zooming in on Africa, then Kenya, then a plane coming in for a landing with a Rhino seen running outside the aircraft window... and landing with Shiprock, New Mexico looming in the background. See more »

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Referenced in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

O God Our Help in Ages Past
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Words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
Sung in church at the London church service
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A Camel After My Own Heart
4 December 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

On the wall of my foyer hangs a framed issue of "Life" magazine dated November 10, 1941. Its front cover features a B&W photo of an impossibly beautiful, 21-year-old Gene Tierney from her new motion picture, "Sundown." Well, needless to say, I have wanted to see this film for years, but every time it pops up on one of the local PBS stations here in NYC late at night, it always seems to be in a lousy-looking 16mm print. Thank goodness I waited for this supremely crisp-looking DVD to be released! "Sundown" turns out to be a pretty well done WW2 action movie, dealing with an English outpost in Kenya, those nasty Nazis supplying guns to the natives, and a young caravan trader (Tierney) who helps the Brits out. And what a cast we have here: Bruce Cabot, George Sanders, Harry Carey and Cedric Hardwicke are their usual fine selves, and (sneeze and you'll miss 'em) Woody Strode and Dorothy Dandridge add interesting support. But it is top-billed Tierney, here in her 5th film, who steals the show. Decked out in harem girl attire for most of the picture, she really is something to behold. In her 1979 autobiography "Self-Portrait," Tierney reveals that "Sundown"''s authentic-looking locales were actually filmed at Ship Rock Hill, New Mexico, and that she couldn't stand the hot weather and the reek of camels during the shoot. She also tells us that one of the camels tried to nip her on the derriere. Finally...a camel after my own heart!


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