|OUTPOST IN MOROCCO (director: Robert Florey; screenwriters: Charles Grayson/Paul de Sainte-Colombe/based on original story by Joseph N. Ermolieff; cinematographer: Lucien Andriot; editor: George Arthur; music: Michel Michelet; cast: George Raft (Capt. Paul Gerard), Eduard Franz (Emir of Bel-Rashad), Marie Windsor (Cara), Akim Tamiroff (Lt. Glysko), John Litel (Col. Pascal), Ernö Verebes (Bamboule), Crane Whitley (Caid Osman), Damian O'Flynn (Commandant Fronval); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Joseph N. Ermolieff; United Artists; 1949)|
|"Its star, George Raft, acts as
if he would rather be in Brooklyn than filming
by Dennis Schwartz
much gusto veteran French filmmaker Robert Florey
("Johnny One-Eye"/"Danger Signal"/"The Desert
Song") directs this B story French Foreign
Legion adventure story. It helps that the film
was shot on location and received the full cooperation
of the French Foreign Legion, but the
story by Joseph
N. Ermolieff is rather limp.
Also limp are the screenplay by Charles
Grayson and Paul de Sainte-Colombe.
It also doesn't help that its star, George Raft, acts
as if he would rather be in Brooklyn than filming in
Morocco. Furthermore, the film lacked originality and
several scenes were outlandish Hollywood takes on
desert life in Morocco, taking away its credibility.
set in post-World War I French Morocco.
The French Foreign Legion commander Col.
Pascal (John Litel) picks Capt. Paul Gerard (George
Raft) for a special mission: he is to lead a small
division to escort Cara (Marie
Windsor), the daughter of
the Emir of Bel-Rashad (Eduard Franz), to
her home and to investigate if the Emir, an enemy, is
planning an attack on a nearby French outpost. The
womanizer Gerard's native manservant Bamboule
(Ernö Verebes) gives him the colonel's message while
he's dancing the tango with Cara in a nightclub. It is
only on the next day while leading the convoy that
Gerard discovers his dancing partner was Cara. The
striking girl has fallen in love with the Captain.
should have been an exciting adventure story was dull,
even if solidly filmed by Florey. This film
contributed greatly to the rapid downfall of the aging
George Raft's Hollywood career.
The one bright spot is Akim Tamiroff, Raft's second-in-command, who steals every scene he's in.
REVIEWED ON 12/23/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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