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The Desert Song

The Desert Song(1953)

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A title card after the credits reads: "It is written in the burning sands of the Sahara: When there is wrong, there will always be an El Khobar, the Avenger, riding with his Riffs to right it...." Although actress Allyn McLerie was cast as the second female lead, an April 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Valerie Bettis also tested for the part. Kathryn Grayson was borrowed from M-G-M, according to an April 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item. Portions of the film were shot in Yuma, AZ, according to a May 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item. The same item reported that stunt man Joe Smith died during filming. The Desert Song marked Rudi Fehr's first film as producer. For information on two earlier adaptations of the 1926 musical play The Desert Song, both of which were produced by Warner Bros., see entries for the title in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.