Sahara – 1943 – English
War film directed in 1943 by Zoltan Korda, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish…
Synopsis: Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water.
Comentario: Sahara although not usually contained in the compendium of Bogey’s best movies is a rousing WWII action movie. The plot involving a rag tag group of allied soldiers,along with Bogey’s M-3 Grant Tank «Lulu Belle» holding a North African well against a motorized battalion of the Afrika Korps is enough to set the tone of this movie. I will not go into the plot any further but state that it was filmed in 1943 and it was a morale booster. The acting is first rate and the fact that an African-American actor, Rex Ingram was treated as an equal, as Sergeant-Major Tambul, Fourth Sudanese Battalion was far ahead of his time. A movie I see every time it plays. It was remade for TV with James Belushi playing the Bogart role as Master Sergeant Joe Gunn, USA and was a good movie in its own right. However, the Bogart version sets the standard. A must see movie for Bogey fans and WWII film buffs.
Michael Wolkow, Colonel, Infantry, Retired