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Below the Sahara

Below the Sahara(1953)

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This film was shot in 16mm Kodachrome, then blown up to 35mm for theatrical release. The viewed print was black-and-white. Many reviewers commented on the familiarity of the film's subject matter, noting that producer-director Armand Denis had made two earlier pictures about Africa, the 1938 Universal release Dark Rapture (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40) and the 1949 RKO film Savage Splendor, which also featured Carr Hartley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). Some of Denis' previous films were co-produced with his first wife, Leila Roosevelt. Although Motion Picture Almanac release charts list a general release date of May 30, 1953, the earliest press screening occurred on 29 May, making the 30 May release date unlikely. As noted in Variety, a special benefit screening of the film was held in New York on September 1, 1953, the proceeds of which went to the American Museum of Natural History.