|BENGAZI (director: John Brahm; screenwriters: story by Jeff Bailey/Louis Vittes/Endre Bohem; cinematographer: Joseph Biroc; editor: Robert Golden; music: Roy Webb; cast: Richard Conte (John Gillmore), Victor McLaglen (Robert Emmett Donovan), Richard Carlson ( Levering), Mala Powers (Aileen Donovan), Richard Erdman (Selby), Hillary Brooke (Nora Nielson), Albert Carrier (MacMillan), Jay Novello (Basim), Eileen Rowe (Lily), Gonzales Gonzales (Kamal), Maury Hill (Peters); Runtime: 79; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Sam Wiesenthal/Eugene Tevlin; RKO; 1955)|
risible standard action/adventure flick that can be blamed for its failure
on the rotten script."
by Dennis Schwartz
A risible standard action/adventure flick that can be blamed for its failure on the rotten script by Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes rather than on the talented director John Brahm ("The Locket"/"The Lodger"/"Hot Rods to Hell"). The director tries to make a go of it with his usual stylish touches. It was filmed on location in Arizona's Yuma Desert. It's based on the story by Jeff Bailey, and looms as a tale of unethical characters searching for stolen gold in the desert of North Africa.
postwar Bengazi, American expatriate army deserter
Gillmore (Richard Conte) and the lovable but
untrustworthy rogue Irishman Donovan
(Victor McLaglen), are co-owners of a dumpy
local cafe. Gillmore's ex-con pal Selby
(Richard Erdman) tells of Arab gold hidden by the
Nazis in a desert mosque and the two go after it.
But the nosy Donovan gets wind of this and the
trio search together for the gold in a stolen
jeep. The heavy Scottish
accented Brit police inspector Levering (Richard
Carlson) tries to recover the
stolen vehicle and brings with him Donovan's
attractive but guileless convent educated daughter
Aileen (Maya Powers). At the gold site they are all
surrounded by hostile Bedouins. The
damsel in distress attracts both Gillmore and the
police inspector, as they show off for Aileen by
you've seen The Lost Patrol (1934), you know where the
plot line is going.
REVIEWED ON 1/12/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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