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Zonsondergang (1941)

Sundown (original title)
In 1941, a mysterious Somaliland native woman helps the British against the Nazis.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Charles G. Booth (adaptation), Barré Lyndon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Zia
Bruce Cabot ... Capt. William Crawford
George Sanders ... Major A. L. 'Herbie' Coombes
Harry Carey ... Alan Dewey
Joseph Calleia ... Pallini
Reginald Gardiner ... Lt. Rodney 'Roddy' Turner
Carl Esmond ... Jan Kuypens
Marc Lawrence ... Abdi Hammud
Cedric Hardwicke ... Bishop Coombes (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Gilbert Emery ... Ashburton
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Miriami
Emmett Smith Emmett Smith ... Kipsang
Dorothy Dandridge ... Kipsang's Wife
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Englishmen fighting Nazis in Africa discover an exotic mystery woman living among the natives and enlist her aid in overcoming the Germans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Her beauty was a challenge to adventure !

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Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1947 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Zonsondergang See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$873,808, 31 December 1941
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Woody Strode. See more »

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(at around 31 mins) The printed notice spells "defence" in American English, as "defense." See more »

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Referenced in Stop, You're Killing Me (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

O God Our Help in Ages Past
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Words by Isaac Watts and music by William Croft
Sung in church at the London church service
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Great Mix of Wonderful Proportions
18 February 2006 | by cdelacroix1See all my reviews

I just saw this movie tonite on a "Classic Movies" presentation on TV, and was just delighted.

Set in 1940s Kenya, This is a good African adventure flick, with a tale that is tied in very well with the contemporary World War II backdrop to this 1941 production. In fact, there's a really wonderful scene, that I won't describe in detail (don't want to give anything away) in which an Italian from Abyssinia expresses passionately the global significance of what is transpiring in this isolated Kenyan outpost. From there we have a tale of intrigue, adventure playing itself out across exotic landscapes, dark caverns, and lovely lake-fronts. All in all, this movie has a strong Rider Haggard flavor. If you know and like Rider Haggard's stories, you'll probably like this movie.

Gene Tierney's top billing in this movie is a bit of an overstatement: Bruce Cabot is actually the star of the movie; with George Sanders in a strong supporting role. All are very good, though, with the Cabot-Sanders character conflict and collaboration carried off very well indeed. And Tierney is simply lovely, a delight to behold; and really a very fine actress indeed.

All in all, a good movie ... I'm grateful to have stumbled across it while channel surfing tonite ... !


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