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Abdulla the Great

Abdulla the Great
Abdulla le Grand (movie poster).jpg
French film poster
Directed byGregory Ratoff
Written byBoris Ingster
George St. George
Based onMy Kingdom for a Woman by Ismet Regeila
Produced byGregory Ratoff
StarringGregory Ratoff
Kay Kendall
Sydney Chaplin
Alexander D'Arcy
Marina Berti
CinematographyLee Garmes
Lambert Williamson
Edited byMaurice Rootes
Music byGeorges Auric
Lambert Williamson
Misr Universal Cairo
Sphinx Films
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release dates
16 February 1955 (Finland)
June 1956 (US)
Running time
103 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom

Abdulla the Great (also known as Abdullah's Harem) is a 1955 comedy film. It was directed and produced by Gregory Ratoff who also stars in the title role from a screenplay by Boris Ingster and George St. George, based on the novel My Kingdom for a Woman by Ismet Regeila. The music score was by Georges Auric and the cinematography by Lee Garmes.

The film stars Gregory Ratoff, Kay Kendall, Sydney Chaplin, Alexander D'Arcy and Marina Berti. Ratoff denied that the story was a thinly veiled parody of the life of King Farouk of Egypt and the events preceding his overthrow in 1952.[1]


The film is set in Bandaria, a Middle Eastern country whose absolute ruler, Abdullah (Gregory Ratoff), lives a life of great luxury, surrounded by lovely women. When Ronnie, a beautiful English model (Kay Kendall), arrives, Abdullah falls for her and offers her great riches. She resists his advances as she is more interested in Ahmed (Sydney Chaplin), an officer in the King's army. While this is going on, Abdullah is unaware of the growing discontent among his subjects which threatens to overthrow him.



  1. ^ pp.89-94 Fun in Farouk's Palace LIFE 22 Mar 1954

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