South of Suez


1h 25m 1940
South of Suez

Brief Synopsis

A murder defendant falls for his alleged victim's daughter.

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Film Details

Genre
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Nov 16, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Eli Snedeker, an avaricious and murderous mine owner in Africa, is insanely jealous of his wife Delia, a gold digger. Angered when Eli's mining engineer, John Gamble, spurns her advances, Delia spitefully accuses John of making a pass at her, and Eli fires him. John further earns Eli's emnity when he prevents him from cheating Roger Smythe out of his claim and goes into partnership with Smythe. Snedeker becomes crazed when he learns that Smythe and John have discovered a huge diamond, and while John is away making arrangements to sell the diamond so that Smythe can join his daughter, Katherine Sheffield, in Cairo, Snedeker kills Smythe while looking for the diamond and accuses John of the crime. Fleeing for his life, John takes the diamond and stows away on board a ship bound for Alexandria. Five years later, under the assumed name of Bradley, John has become very wealthy and goes to London, looking for Katherine to make restitution. There, he falls in love with Katherine and intends to tell her the truth until he learns the depth of her hatred toward John Gamble, her supposed father's murderer. One night, while walking along the Thames during a rain storm, John finds a murdered man, and to end Katherine's torment, he plants the identification papers of John Gamble on the body. Later, John is called in to identify the body, thus arousing the suspicion of a police officer who had seen John at the scene of the crime. Soon after, John and Katherine become engaged, and John takes the diamond to a jeweler to be cut. Snedeker, who is now in London, recognizes the stone and claims that John Gamble stole it from him. Because he cannot prove ownership of the diamond, John is arrested for the murder of "Gamble," and fearful of losing Katherine's love, he refuses to defend himself. In court, Snedeker accuses John of being Gamble, Smythe's murderer, but a remorseful Delia testifies that Snedeker murdered Smythe. An enraged Snedeker shoots Delia, thus substantiating her accusation and freeing John, now absolved of all guilt, to marry Katherine.

Film Details

Genre
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Nov 16, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, George Raft was originally slated to play the part of John Gamble, but he objected to the story and turned down the role. Warner Bros. decided to replace him with Dennis Morgan, but when RKO objected because Warner Bros. had previously agreed to lend Morgan to them for Kitty Foyle, Warner Bros. suspended Raft and temporarily shelved South of Suez. The production was then delayed for two weeks to rewrite the George Raft role to fit George Brent. Other items in Hollywood Reporter add that Lee Patrick replaced Geraldine Fitzgerald in the role of Delia Snedeker. The film was shot on location at Randsburg, CA, near Death Valley. Materials deposited in the Copyright Records add Abner Biberman to the cast, but he is not credited on screen, in the Call Bureau Cast Service lists, or in reviews.