In his bid to unite all local tribes against the French colonial rules, a North African leader organizes an attack against Fort Algiers. After taking the fort from the French Foreign Legion troops, Amir and his sidekick Yussouf, order their men to kill all Legionnaires and maintain total secrecy. In Paris, French intelligence agent Yvette Del Mar is persuaded by her superiors to return to North Africa and pose as a nightclub singer. Her task is to entertain and ingratiate herself with the Amir in order to extract secret information from him. In Algiers, dismissed French Army officer Jeff Brown volunteers for the French Foreign Legion. Jeff is surprised to see his former girlfriend, Yvette, singing in the nightclub and he doesn't suspect the fact she is working for the French Intelligence. A romantic rivalry of sorts develops between Jeff and the Amir, over Yvette's favors. Later, a French spy is uncovered by the Amir and killed. Jeff is asked to replace the dead spy, due to his ...Written by
I watched this courtesy of the Movies4Men channel, which offers a very wide range of quality. This was middling. Set in the early 1950s, it seemed to have an early-20th-century atmosphere to it, with massed Arab attacks on Legionnaire forts and columns of soldiers marching to the rescue with no motorised or air support. There were a few mid-century cars in the stock footage of Paris and an Arab town, and Yvette does use an eavesdropping device, but that's all.
The actors do well enough, though I didn't recognise Leif Ericson as the crop-haired sergeant - he certainly chewed the scenery. And it's always good to see the dependable John Dehner (and Yvonne de Carlo).
I was a bit puzzled by the Amir calling on his troops not to mention, on pain of death, the massacre at the beginning of the film, as it would have soon become common knowledge.
The mid-film relaying of the message did go on a bit and, as has been mentioned, there was something wrong with the distance and time when the Arabs arrived at the oil well.
All in all, pleasant, predictable viewing.
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