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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, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences J. Peverell Marley Best Cinematography 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Louis Silvers Best Original Score 1938 Nominee

Cast

Tyrone Power
as Ferdinand De Lesseps
Loretta Young
as Empress Eugenie
Annabella
as Toni
J. Edward Bromberg
as Said
Joseph Schildkraut
as La Tour
Henry Stephenson
as Count de Lesseps
Sidney Blackmer, Sr.
as DuBrey
Maurice Moscovich
as Mohammed Ali
Sig Rumann
as Sgt. Fellerin
Nigel Bruce
as Sir Malcolm Cameron
Miles Mander
as Benjamin Disraeli
George Zucco
as Prime Minister
Leon Ames
as Louis Napoleon
Rafaela Ottiano
as Maria De Teba
Victor Varconi
as Victor Hugo
Frank Reicher
as Gen. Chargarnier
Albert Conti
as Fevier
Brandon Hurst
as Franz Liszt
Marcelle Corday
as Mme. Paquineau
Odette Myrtil
as Duchess
C. Montague Shaw
as Elderly Man
Egon Brecher
as Doctor
Alphonse Martell
as Gen. St. Arnaud
Leonard Mudie
as Campaign Manager
Robert Graves
as Official
Frank Lackteen
as Swami
Alberto Morin
as Achmed
Michael Visaroff
as Jewel Merchant
Fred Malatesta
as Jewel Merchant
George Sorel
as Assistant
Fred Malatesta
as Jewel Merchant
Leonard Mudie
as Campaign Manager
Egon Brecher
as Doctor
Alberto Morin
as Achmed
Robert Graves
as Official
Michael Visaroff
as Jewel Merchant
Frank Lackteen
as Swami
Alphonse Martell
as Gen. St. Arnaud
C. Montague Shaw
as Elderly Man

Crew

Allan Dwan
Director
Otto Brower
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Julien Josephson
Screenwriter
Philip Dunne
Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Louis Silvers
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Silvers
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Bernard Herzbrun
Production Designer
Rudolph Sternad
Art Director
Gene Markey
Associate Producer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects
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