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Yankee Pasha (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 17 April 1954 (USA)
In 1800, trapper Jason Starbuck falls for Massachusetts girl Roxana but has to rescue her from slavery when sea pirates capture Roxana and sell her to a Moroccan harem.


Joseph Pevney


Joseph Hoffman, Edison Marshall (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Jason Starbuck
Rhonda Fleming ... Roxana Reil
Mamie Van Doren ... Lilith - Harem Slave
Lee J. Cobb ... Sultan
Hal March Hal March ... Hassan Sendar
Rex Reason ... Omar Id-Din (as Bart Roberts)
Philip Van Zandt ... Bassan Sa'id
Benny Rubin ... Zamil
Tudor Owen ... Elias Derby
Harry Lauter ... Dick Bailey
Forbes Murray ... Reil
Arthur Space ... U.S. Consul Richard O'Brien
John Daheim John Daheim ... First Mate Miller (as John Day)
Christiane Martel ... Harem girl (as Miss Universe France)
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Harem girl (as Miss United States)


Salem, Massachusetts, 1800. Mountaineer Jason Starbuck rides into town with furs to sell and dreams to fulfill. He falls in love with Roxana, who breaks her previous engagement and leaves for France to await Jason. Roxana's ship is attacked by pirates and she is sold into slavery in Morocco. Jason follows her to Morocco and must win the support of the sultan in order to continue his efforts to locate and rescue her. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Every passionate moment of the strangest adventure ever told !


Adventure | Romance


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Release Date:

17 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esclava de amor See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jeff Chandler recorded the song "I Should Care" for Brunswick Records. See more »

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24 May 2018 | by MegaSuperstarSee all my reviews

I am not going to write the plot since most reviewers have already done it. Instead, I will try to provide other interesting data about this film that has not been mentioned by any of the other reviews. First of all let me to stick up for this entertaining movie that has everything you would ask to an adventure movie: action, romance, horse races, pirate attacks, scimitar duels, fights and humor. Based on Edison Marshall's much longer and blooded best seller, Yankee Pasha casts Jeff Chandler as frontierman John Starbuck and Rhonda Fleming as her beautiful love interest. Among other curiosities, Jeff Chandler, who had a really nice crooner voice, recorded the song I Should Care on Brunswick Records from the film. Mamie Van Doren plays Starbuck's slave in one of her first important roles. Although miles away from Marilyn, whom the studio planned to re-create, she plays her role nice enough to get her performance remembered. Rhonda Fleming looks superb in oriental outfits - the brief white bikini one so revealing that I am surprised censorships did aprove it. Another curiosity, several miss universe contestants were cast as the harem girls that are shown to Starbuck when he is looking for her love. Edison Marshall wrote lots of popular historical novels with lots of blood, sex, swashbucling and adventures in faraway places such as Caravan to Xanadu (about Marco Polo travels), the Viking, Pagan king (about king Arthur), Earth giant (about Hercules), the Great Smith about John Smith, Gipsy sixpence (Richard Burton), Infinite Woman (about Lola Montes), Benjamin Blake (turned into a movie, Son of fury, starring Tyrone Power). The fact that Yankee pasha action includes North America, Morocco and the Barbary coast (where berber pirates attacked United States ships as is also shown in 1950 movie Tripoli) is a fine example of Marshall around-the-world adventure stories. Although some things could have been improved such as the Sultan's army training process and how do they get so many rifles considering Starbuck only has one - Starbuck could have time to search for her fiancee while waiting to obtain more rifles i.e.- it is a good entertaining movie with nice performances and well worth a view.

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