Sudan


1h 16m 1945

Brief Synopsis

Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she seeks out rebel leader Herua. But through palace treachery, she herself is captured and enslaved. After various adventures, she finds herself rescued by (and attracted to) the very rebel she was seeking. Will gratitude or revenge win out? Gorgeous scenery and costumes.

Film Details

Also Known As
Queen of the Nile
Release Date
Mar 2, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Gallup, New Mexico, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Naila, a young, beautiful Egyptian princess, dances incognito in the marketplace of Kemis, a royal city on the banks of the Nile River. Learning that her father has returned alone from a trip to the desert, Naila rushes back to the palace just in time to see him die. Told by Horadef, the lord counselor, that her father was killed by Herua, the leader of a band of escaped slaves, Naila demands revenge. She tells Herua that she plans to seek her father's killer by traveling the desert disguised as a peasant girl. Horadef then hires mercenaries to abduct the young queen so he can rule in her place. Once she is captured, she is branded a slave, but escapes into the desert as she is about to be sold to slave trader Maatet. She soon meets thieves Merab and Nebka, who take her with them to a nearby horse fair. After winning at the races, the three are captured by Maatet, only to be rescued from execution by Herua and his men. Naila is then taken to the slaves's secret village in the mountains, where the rebel leader professes his love to her. Learning that he is Herua, however, Naila puts aside her own romantic thoughts for those of revenge and asks that she be returned to the royal city so that she can act as Herua's spy. Back in Kemis, Naila reclaims her throne and sets a trap for Herua. The smitten Herua then arrives at their planned rendezvous and is quickly captured by Horadef's men. Though Herua proclaims his innocence in her father's death, the heartbroken Naila orders his execution. While he, too, is in love with Naila, Merab helps Herua escape from the executioner's ax by taking his place in the dungeon. When awakened the next morning, Merab claims to be the victim of black magic, having been whisked on a flying carpet from a harem into his prison cell. A bemused Naila orders his release, only to be taken captive herself by Horadef and his soldiers. While the two languish in their cells, Merab shows Naila the contents of Horadef's purse, which he had stolen. Recognizing her father's royal ring, she finally realizes that the lord counselor was her father's killer, not Herua. Later, Horadef tortures Merab on the rack until Naila agrees to tell him the location of Herua's hideout. She then leads Horadef and his troops down the narrow mountain passage to the slave city, knowing it is well protected. Warned by Merab of the impending invasion, Herua recognizes that Naila is leading Horadef's men to their doom, so he waits until she clears the pathway before unleashing an avalanche of boulders which protect his hideout. Horadef's remaining troops are defeated by the slave soldiers, while Horadef is killed by Merab. Returned to her rightful throne, Naila marries Herua, and Merab and Nebka go back to their lives as thieves.

Film Details

Also Known As
Queen of the Nile
Release Date
Mar 2, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Gallup, New Mexico, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

One meets such nice people in one's dreams.
- Nebka

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Queen of the Nile. The film begins with the following spoken foreword: "Out of the land of Egypt have come many tales of ancient times. During the centuries that have passed, the spinning wheel of the ages has mingled truth with fantasy until it is hard to say where the truth leaves off and fancy begins. Yet, all of these stories might have happened, for they tell of people whose ambitions and hates and loves were no different than our own. We tell the story of a girl, Naila, who was a queen and lived in the royal city of Kemis on the banks of the River Nile." According to Hollywood Reporter news items, location shooting was done in Gallup, New Mexico. Modern sources report that other scenes were shot on location in Arizona. Sudan was the sixth and final film to co-star Universal's exotic adventure team of Maria Montez and Jon Hall.