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Sword in the Desert
- Sharon Sweet
Originally. I saw this film many years ago and have never quite forgotten it. I was so taken with Jeff Chandler's role, that I have never liked Exodus with Paul Newman!! I just happened to catch it the other night.I would dearly love to have a copy of it.
The British in the Desert: Vision's from the Jew's
Even though wars have been fought between the 2 nations, The British is the closet Ally America's has. Now, when it comes to Israel and the British, I was unaware of of a period of time that the English were to keep the peace between the Palestinian Arab nationalists and Jewish Zionist. Keeping the peace proved to be very hard to do and a grew deal of violence occurred between the three parties involved. After the movie ended and watch the after the movie discussion on TMC, I wanted to know more. I started digging into the internet and sure enough, there was a lot of facts that I was not aware of or if I ever was, I had forgotten them. My favorite line in the movie was a Jewish Refugee was asked how long had it been since he had seen his homeland and he says, 2,000 years! It goes to show someone how deep the passion run for anyone who claims to be Jewish or Palestinian. The conflict goes on and on. Now there are more countries in this regions to deal with.
I got in late to watch this film, not realizing I would like it so much. Would you please air this one again soon? Stephen McNally and Dana Andrews are great. Plus, I love the combination of a war film with a suspenseful mission. I'm respectfully asking you to please show this one again real soon. Thank you, TCM, for the great films you show.
Sword in the Desert (1949)
I don't claim that this is a great exemplar of the filmmaking arts -- merely that it is an interesting oddity and worth seeing for that. The release of the movie in Britain quite put our allies noses out of joint -- their handling of "The Palestine Question" was quite a touchy topic, and this movie did not reflect particularly well on their conduct in the matter. The aforesaid merely adds to my case for showing the movie. It's a snapshot of how hotly argued political matters were being presented to the general public in the form of entertainment. Plenty of parallels in our own fraught times.