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Director  Lesley Selander
Music director  Paul Dunlap
Country  United States
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure
Language  English
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Release date  November 18, 1955 (1955-11-18)
Based on  Punitive Action  by John Robb
Writer  Danny Arnold, George W. George, John Robb (novel), George F. Slavin
Produced by  Howard W. Koch, Aubrey Schenck
Cast  Ralph Meeker (Capt. David Malcolm), Marla English (Zara), J. Carrol Naish (Sgt. Diepel), John Smith (Pvt. Rex Tyle), John Carradine (Jala), Keith Larsen (El Zanal)
Similar movies  Ten Tall Men, Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother
Tagline  With the howling fury of a thousand sandstorms...they struck!

Desert Sands is a 1955 American adventure film directed by Lesley Selander and written by Danny Arnold, George W. George and George F. Slavin. The film stars Ralph Meeker, Marla English, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine, Ron Randell, John Smith and Keith Larsen. The film was released on November 18, 1955, by United Artists. The film was based on the 1954 novel Punitive Action, one of a series of French Foreign Legion novels written by John Robb. Unlike many Foreign Legion films the film was set in the 1950s.


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A strong force of mounted tribal Arabs launches a surprise attack on a French Foreign Legion fort in the North African desert, having previously intercepted and brutally massacred a relief column en route to the fort. After an Alamo-like battle, the more numerous Arabs capture the fort. Addressing the surviving Legionnaires as captives, the Arab leader makes passing reference to Pan-Islam as a motivation for the attacks.

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Various sub-plots ensue, until eventually another Legion relief column approaches the fort, unaware that it has been captured. The Arabs create the appearance that all is well and ambush the relief column as it enters the fort. Meanwhile, the captive Legionnaire survivors from the original garrison escape and join the fighting. Another all-out, Alamo-style shootout follows, but this time the reinforced Legionnaires are victorious. The French flag is raised over the fort once again as the captured Arab survivors are led away.


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The film was shot at the Imperial Dunes in California. The first choice for the lead was Paul Newman who was offered $20,000 however his agent wanted $35,000 that the producers would not pay.


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  • Ralph Meeker as Capt. David Malcolm
  • Marla English as Princess Zara
  • J. Carrol Naish as Sgt. Diepel
  • John Carradine as Jala the Wine Merchant
  • Ron Randell as Pvt. Peter Ambrose Havers
  • John Smith as Pvt. Rex Tyle
  • Keith Larsen as El Zanal
  • Lita Milan as Alita
  • Philip Tonge as Cpl. Sandy Mc Tosh
  • Peter Mamakos as Pvt. Lucia 'Lucky' Capella
  • Otto Waldis as Gabin
  • Jarl Victor as Lt. Gina Mackie
  • Mort Mills as Woloack
  • Aaron Saxon as Tama
  • Nico Minardos as Gerard
  • Albert Carrier as Ducco
  • Terence De Marney as Kramer
  • Peter Bourne as Weems
  • Peter Norman as Dr. Kleiner
  • Joseph Waring as Dylak Spokesman
  • Bela Kovacs as Maj. Henri Panton

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