Suez

Suez

Director: Otto Brower, Allan Dwan, Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

Cast: Otto Brower, Allan Dwan, Tyrone Power, Loretta Young

     
 
This is an epic Darryl F. Zanuck production that plays fast and loose with historical facts regarding early 19th century French politics and the building of the Suez Canal. Tyrone Power stars as Ferdinand de Lesseps, an engineer and son of a French nobleman (Harry Stephenson). At the start of the film, he is in love with Eugenie (Loretta Young), but so is the French

Overview

This is an epic Darryl F. Zanuck production that plays fast and loose with historical facts regarding early 19th century French politics and the building of the Suez Canal. Tyrone Power stars as Ferdinand de Lesseps, an engineer and son of a French nobleman (Harry Stephenson). At the start of the film, he is in love with Eugenie (Loretta Young), but so is the French President Louis Napoleon (Leon Ames). After his father is appointed French consul to Egypt, the younger de Lesseps travels there and conceives the idea of a canal connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas. Back in France, he is promised help by Eugenie, now Napoleon's mistress, in exchange for Count de Lesseps' agreement to dissolve the government temporarily. Napoleon then declares himself emperor, making Eugenie his empress. The elder de Lesseps dies of shock at the political betrayal, while the younger de Lesseps starts building the canal, overcoming attacks by tribal people and severe heat. France cuts off backing, and de Lesseps has to get help from England to finish the project. A sandstorm injures de Lesseps, and his French-Egyptian lover Toni (Annabella) straps him to a post to save him, sacrificing her own life for the canal. Power and Annabella married each other after the film. The descendants of de Lesseps sued 20th Century Fox for libel, but lost. ~ Michael Betzold

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The historical fact that can be found in Suez would just about fill the navel of a sand flea, so anyone expecting a true history lesson would be better off with even the most condensed history book on the Suez Canal. Of course, Hollywood almost always takes liberties with history when creating films, so this is to be expected. What's more surprising is that the "fake" story they came up with is of such little interest. This problem is compounded by the fact that the screenplay contains achingly banal dialogue that must have made the actors cringe whenever they had to open their mouths. Fortunately, the cast is very game and doesn't let on that the words they spout are so ridiculous. It can't be said that anyone is giving a legendary performance, but Tyrone Power, Loretta Young and Annabella all turn in performances that are vastly superior to the material. It doesn't hurt that each member of this trio is a joy to look at, or that Young is costumed in some stunning gowns. As a matter of fact, Suez is visually a treat all over, with lavish sets and evocative cinematography and some fine special effects. Among the last named, the climactic wind storm is especially deserving of mention, a sequence that must have been painful and difficult for Power and Annabella. Suez would have benefited from a sprightlier pace, and while director Allan Dwan handles the action segments with style and skill, he doesn't really pull the film together into a cohesive whole.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2012
UPC:
0024543810711
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
8,688

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Ferdinand De Lesseps
Loretta Young Empress Eugenie
Annabella Toni
J. Edward Bromberg Said
Joseph Schildkraut La Tour
Henry Stephenson Count de Lesseps
Sidney Blackmer DuBrey
Maurice Moscovich Mohammed Ali
Sig Rumann Sgt. Fellerin
Nigel Bruce Sir Malcolm Cameron
Miles Mander Benjamin Disraeli
George Zucco Prime Minister
Leon Ames Louis Napoleon
Rafaela Ottiano Maria De Teba
Victor Varconi Victor Hugo
Frank Reicher Gen. Chargarnier
Carlos de Valdez Count Hatzfeld
Jacques Lory Millet
Albert Conti Fevier
Brandon Hurst Franz Liszt
Marcelle Corday Mme. Paquineau
Odette Myrtil Duchess
C. Montague Shaw Elderly Man
Tony Urchell Wrestler
Egon Brecher Doctor
Alphonse Martell Gen. St. Arnaud
Leonard Mudie Campaign Manager
Jean Perry Umpire
Robert Graves Official
Louis La Bey Servant
Frank Lackteen Swami
Alberto Morin Achmed
Michael Visaroff Jewel Merchant
Louis Vincenot Jewel Merchant
Fred Malatesta Jewel Merchant
Denis D'Auburn Wrestler
Jerome de Nuccio Wrestler
Jean de Briac Engineer
George Sorel Assistant
Jacques Vanaire Old Engineer

Technical Credits
Otto Brower Director
Allan Dwan Director
Sam G. Duncan Original Story
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Herzbrun Production Designer
Julien Josephson Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Gene Markey Associate Producer
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Barbara McLean Editor
David Raksin Score Composer
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Louis Silvers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Arthur VonKirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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