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Saadia is an MGM-ized version of the [[Performer~P308723~Francis D'Autheville~francisdautheville]] novel [[Feature~V160830~Echeck au Destin~sudbine]]. Produced, directed and written by the always fascinating [[Performer~P99598~Albert Lewin~albertlewin]] ([[Feature~V33249~The Moon and Sixpence~themoonandsixpence]], [[Feature~V38094~Picture of Dorian Gray~thepictureofdoriangray]]), the film stars [[Performer~P116764~Cornel Wilde~cornelwilde]] as Si Lahssen, the progressive ruler of the Moroccan province of Anahout. Henrik ([[Performer~P23232~Mel Ferrer~melferrer]]), Anahout's chief physician, rescues a beautiful dancing girl named Saadia ([[Performer~P25706~Rita Gam~ritagam]]) on the operating table. In doing so, he is in direct violation of local sorceress Fatima ([[Performer~P61771~Wanda Rotha~wandarotha]]). The sorceress vows to destroy Henrik -- and by extension, Saadia, whom he loves, and Si Lahssen, whom she loves. The film isn't entirely successful, but deserves an A for effort. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Cornel Wilde
as Si Lahssen
Mel Ferrer
as Henrik
Rita Gam
as Saadia
Michel Simon
as Bou Rezza
Cyril Cusack
as Khadir
Wanda Rotha
as Fatima
Marcel Poncin
as Moha
Anthony Marlowe
as Capt. Sabert
Helene Vallier
as Zoubida
Jacques Dufilho
as Bandit leader
Richard Johnson
as Lieutnant Girard
Peter Copley
as Leader Mokhazenis
Marne Maitland
as Horse dealer
Eddie Leslie
as Villager
Harold Kasket
as Cheikh of Inimert
Peter Bull
as Village potentate

Crew

Albert Lewin
Director
Albert Lewin
Producer
Albert Lewin
Screenwriter
Christopher G. Challis
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Kress
Editor
John Hawkesworth
Art Director
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