Outpost in Morocco

Overview

While under contract to Warner Bros., George Raft turned down picture after picture as being "unimportant" and thus unworthy of his talents. Among his turned-down projects were such minor items as High Sierra and Casablanca. By 1949, however, Raft's star had eclipsed, and he was obliged to accept whatever came along. Outpost in Morocco wasn't exactly a "B" picture -- it was expensively filmed on location -- but neither was it in the same league as Raft's earlier vehicles. Cast as Capt. Paul Gerard, a ...
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Overview

While under contract to Warner Bros., George Raft turned down picture after picture as being "unimportant" and thus unworthy of his talents. Among his turned-down projects were such minor items as High Sierra and Casablanca. By 1949, however, Raft's star had eclipsed, and he was obliged to accept whatever came along. Outpost in Morocco wasn't exactly a "B" picture -- it was expensively filmed on location -- but neither was it in the same league as Raft's earlier vehicles. Cast as Capt. Paul Gerard, a foreign-legion officer, Raft finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. He must protect his garrison from the rebel hordes of a native Emir (Eduard Franz) -- who happens to be the father of Cara (Marie Windsor), the woman Gerard loves. Akim Tamiroff easily steals the show as Gerard's slovenly second-in-command. The film truly comes to life only during the battle scenes, which utilize the services of hundreds of genuine Legionnaires and Moroccan cavalrymen.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Outpost in Morocco promises intrigue, adventure and danger, but it doesn't keep its promises. Put the blame -- a good deal of it at least -- on George Raft. Raft has the lead role in this Foreign Legion extravaganza, and while there are other factors that can influence the success of this type of picture, a virile, entrancing star is crucial. Raft, past 50 at the time he made this, simply doesn't seem to try. He alternates between looking tired and uninterested, and this is fatal to Outpost, much more so than any attacking marauders could possibly be. Perhaps he was attempting a laidback Humphrey Bogart-style approach, but it comes across as bored instead. Occasionally there's a flicker -- a gleam in the eyes, or a sneer in the lips -- that makes one think he's about to come to life; but the flicker inevitably fades before becoming a fire. Opposite him, Marie Windsor does the best she can (and looks stunning); but there's nothing for her to play off of. Akim Tamiroff livens things up appreciably, and some of the action sequences are notable. But even some impressive location lensing and a generous costume budget can't make up for the stiff leading man. Throw in a strictly-average screenplay and the result is a fairly tepid affair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • UPC: 089218609595
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,722

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Raft Capt. Paul Gerard
Marie Windsor Cara
Akim Tamiroff Lt. Glysko
John Litel Col. Pascal
Eduard Franz Emir of Bel-Rashad
Erno Verebes Bamboule
Crane Whitley Caid Osman
Damian O'Flynn Commandant Fronval
Technical Credits
Robert Florey Director
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
George Arthur Editor
Sam Bischoff Executive Producer
Paul de Sainte-Colombe Screenwriter
Joseph N. Ermolieff Producer
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Michel Michelet Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [15:10]
2. Chapter 2 [15:04]
3. Chapter 3 [15:07]
4. Chapter 4 [15:09]
5. Chapter 5 [15:04]
6. Chapter 6 [15:05]
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