Princess of the Nile

Princess of the Nile

Director: Harmon Jones, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie

Cast: Harmon Jones, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie

     
 
Debra Paget displays as much epidermis as the 1954 censors would allow in the escapist adventure Princess of the Nile. Ms. Paget is cast as Taura, a fearless 13th century princess who does her best to defend Egypt against an invading Bedouin (Michael Rennie). When not wielding her trusty scimitar, Taura poses as a dancing girl to undermine the Bedouin's plans.

Overview

Debra Paget displays as much epidermis as the 1954 censors would allow in the escapist adventure Princess of the Nile. Ms. Paget is cast as Taura, a fearless 13th century princess who does her best to defend Egypt against an invading Bedouin (Michael Rennie). When not wielding her trusty scimitar, Taura poses as a dancing girl to undermine the Bedouin's plans. She is aided by the Prince Haidi (Jeffrey Hunter), son of the Caliph of Baghdad. The plotline is negligible: the audience was more interested in watching Debra Paget and scores of underclad lovelies undulating to the quasi-Eastern musical score by Lionel Newman.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Princess of the Nile is pure kitsch, and if you can accept it as that, you're likely to have a fine time watching it. If, however, you insist that a film needs niceties such as a decent plot, dialogue that at the very least doesn't cause repetitious wincing, character development, imaginative direction and deeply nuanced performances -- just pass Princess by. Like most -- perhaps all? -- other "sandy sandals" pictures, Princess has a script that is nothing more than an excuse for lithesome girls looking fetching in exotic costumes, swarthy men acting swarthily, lavish settings (albeit leftover from The Robe) and a number of scenes allowing for bravery and derring-do. Princess does have the advantage of Harmon Jones' spiffily paced direction; he doesn't do anything that's particularly clever or notable, but he keeps that pace popping. Princess also has a very good cast. No, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter and Michael Rennie won't win any awards for their acting, but they do the best that can be done with their wooden caricatures. Most importantly, they LOOK great -- especially the delightful, delectable Debra Paget. She was born for the slinky, sexy outfits she parades around in, and her dancing is about as hot as a dance could be in 1954.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0024543878339
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:11:00
Sales rank:
14,360

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debra Paget Princess Shalimar
Jeffrey Hunter Prince Haidi
Michael Rennie Rama Khan
Dona Drake Mirva
Wally Cassell Goghi
Edgar Barrier Shaman
Michael Ansara Capt. Kral
Jack Elam Basra
Lester Sharpe Babu
Billy Curtis Tut
Robert Roark Capt. Hussein
Lisa Daniels Handmaiden
Merry Anders Handmaiden
Honey Harlow Handmaiden
Cheryll Clarke Handmaiden
Bobette Bentley Handmaiden
Lee Van Cleef Hakar

Technical Credits
Harmon Jones Director
Gerald Drayson Adams Screenwriter
Lloyd Ahern Cinematographer
George A. Gittens Editor
Robert L. Jacks Producer
Hal Klein Asst. Director
Lionel Newman Score Composer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer

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