|Abdulla the Great|
|Directed by||Gregory Ratoff|
|Written by||Boris Ingster |
George St. George
|Based on||My Kingdom for a Woman by Ismet Regeila|
|Produced by||Gregory Ratoff|
|Starring||Gregory Ratoff |
|Cinematography||Lee Garmes |
|Edited by||Maurice Rootes|
|Music by||Georges Auric |
Misr Universal Cairo
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|16 February 1955 (Finland)|
June 1956 (US)
|Countries||United 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.
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.
- pp.89-94 Fun in Farouk's Palace LIFE 22 Mar 1954
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