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Sands of the Desert (1960)

A diminutive travel against goes out to investigate a desert holiday camp which has suffered from sabotage


Anne Burnaby (story), Stafford Byrne (story) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Drake ... Charlie Sands
Peter Arne ... Sheikh El Jabez
Sarah Branch Sarah Branch ... Janet Brown
Raymond Huntley ... Bossom
Rebecca Dignam Rebecca Dignam ... Nerima
Peter Illing ... Sheikh Ibrahim
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Abdulla
Marne Maitland ... Advisor to Sheikh
Neil McCarthy ... Hassan
Derek Sydney ... Mamud
Alan Tilvern ... Mustafa
Martin Benson ... Selim
Eric Pohlmann ... Scrobin
Inia Te Wiata Inia Te Wiata ... Fahid
Paul Stassino ... Pilot


A diminutive travel against goes out to investigate a desert holiday camp which has suffered from sabotage

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Release Date:

8 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arenas del desierto See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Written by Max Diamond
Sung by Charlie Drake
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A Little Goes A Long Way
23 August 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Charlie Drake became a star through his work on TV.Firstly on children's TV with Mick and Montmorency and then The Worker.His origins were in the music halls and his speciality was slapstick.Given that he was short and could sing one assumes that Associated British were trying to see if he could rival the box office success achieved by Rank's Norman Wisdom.Now I am not a Wisdom fan but Wisdom was far superior to Drake.It also appears that Rank spent more money on Wisdom than Associated did on Drake.Everything about this film is shoddy.The film is studio bound with poor acting and a truly awful script.Drake tries the facial tics that worked for him on the small screen but they are simply excruciating.If there was ever any humour in this film now it has evaporated so that the film is virtually unwatchable.

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