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Suez (1938)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 October 1938 (USA)
Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Sam Duncan (story), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Ferdinand de Lesseps
Loretta Young ... Countess Eugenie de Montijo
Annabella ... Toni Pellerin
J. Edward Bromberg ... Prince Said
Joseph Schildkraut ... Vicomte Rene De Latour
Henry Stephenson ... Count Mathieu de Lesseps
Sidney Blackmer ... Marquis Du Brey
Maurice Moscovitch ... Mohammed Ali (as Maurice Moscovich)
Sig Ruman ... Sergeant Pellerin (as Sig Rumann)
Nigel Bruce ... Sir Malcolm Cameron
Miles Mander ... Benjamin Disraeli
George Zucco ... Prime Minister
Leon Ames ... Napoleon III - Emperor of France
Rafaela Ottiano ... Maria De Teba
Victor Varconi ... Victor Hugo
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Storyline

De Lesseps is a young aristocrat who conceives the idea for the Suez Canal. When Napoleon fails him, the British show interest. Though the production values make the film entertaining its historical content is generally agreed to be awful. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The stirring saga of the world's most astonishing engineering achievement! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suezu See more »

Filming Locations:

Corona, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Microphonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1964 producer Samuel Bronston announced a remake. See more »

Quotes

[His party appears to be losing the election]
Benjamin Disraeli: Yes, I'm afraid you're right. Apparently the present government have temporarily averted the danger of England taking over the leadership of the world, huh?
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Connections

Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Carey (unconfirmed)
In the score when de Lesseps receives his award
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very good period picture
2 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very solid 20th Century Fox/Tyrone Power epic film. While not the best Power ever did, it is still very good and worth seeing. Plus, it gives people a chance to see the real-life Mrs. Power, actress Annabella. Rarely do you get a chance to see actors starring with their wives. The film score, sets, direction and script are all very good--though perhaps a little too much emphasis is placed on romance. Oh well, perhaps that's what you get for putting your wife in the film (just kidding). After you see this film, you might also then try watching the movie DISRAELI, so you can find out that just a few years after the French almost single-handedly built the canal, the British swooped in and obtained a 50% interest! Now that's cheeky!


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