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According to a news item in Variety in June 1938, Alec Waugh went to Sudan to do research prior to the film's location work there. Waugh, who worked as a set decorator on other Alexander Korda productions, May also have worked in that capacity for this film. According to modern sources, the picture was shot partially on location on the East bank of the Nile where the historical incidents depicted in the film actually occured in 1898. According to two unidentified but contemporary news items from 1937 contained in the AFI Library, Alexander Korda announced that Robert Donat was to play the film's lead, after which Paramount Pictures, which owned the rights to the A. E. W. Mason novel, announced that it was refusing to sell their rights to the property. Paramount had filmed a version of the novel in 1929, under Merian C. Cooper's direction, starring Richard Arlen, Fay Wray and William Powell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1936). The date of the settlement of this dispute has not been determined. Other adaptations of Mason's novel include Storm Over the Nile, a 1956 British film produced by Zoltan Korda, directed by Terence Young and starring Anthony Steel and Lawrence Harvey, and a 1977 television movie directed by Don Sharp, and starring Beau Bridges, Robert Powell and Jane Seymour.