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The Desert Song

The Desert Song(1929)

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The Red Shadow, the leader of a tribe of Riff horsemen, is in actuality Pierre Birbeau, the seemingly weak and simple-minded son of the commandant of French forces in the Moroccan desert. Pierre's father champions a marriage between Margot and Paul, and Pierre, who loves the girl passionately, dons his disguise and kidnaps her, taking her to the desert palace of Ali Ben Ali. The commandant follows with a troop of men and challenges The Red Shadow (his own son) to a duel. The Red Shadow refuses the challenge and is disgraced in front of his men, losing their respect. The Red Shadow goes off into the desert, then, dropping his disguise, returns to the fort to be greeted warmly by his father and Margot, who have learned that Pierre and The Red Shadow are one and the same