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Black Tent, The (1956, Anthony Steel, Donald Sinden)

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Based on a script by Robin Maugham and Bryan Forbes, The Black Tent is a wartime romance mystery starring Anthony Steel as a British officer who finds war and love in the Libyan desert.

When Steel doesn’t return to reclaim his vast estates in Britain after the war, his family presume he is dead and his brother Donald Sinden travels to Libya to find out what happened to him. His investigations lead him from the British embassy in Tripoli to the encampment of a tribe of Bedouins. There he is given a diary by the daughter of the sheikh and he begins to piece together his brother’s strange history.

Steel had been separated from the British forces and was taken in by the Bedouins. While recuperating from injuries sustained in battle, Steel fell for the daughter (Anna Maria Sandri) of the sheikh (Andre Morrell). Having cast his lot in with the Bedouins, he then persuades the sheikh to help him embark on guerilla warfare against the Germans. During an ambush Steel is killed. However, he and Sandri have given birth to a son, Terence Sharkey, and Sinden must consider what is to become of his nephew and his brother’s heir…

production details
UK | 93 minutes | 1956

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Writers: Robin Maugham, Bryan Forbes

cast
Anthony Steel as Capt. David Holland
Anton Diffring as Senior German Officer
André Morell as Sheik Salem ben Yussef
Donald Sinden as Col. Sir Charles Holland
Anna-Maria Sandri as Mabrouka ben Yussef
Donald Pleasence as Ali
Ralph Truman as Major Cross
Terence Sharkey as Daoud Holland
Anthony Bushell as Ambassador Baring
Michael Craig as Sheikh Faris
Frederick Jaeger as Koch
Derek Sydney as Interpreter

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