Flame of Araby

Flame of Araby (a.k.a. Flame of the Desert) is a 1951 American Technicolor adventure film directed by Charles Lamont starring Maureen O'Hara and Jeff Chandler. British film star Maxwell Reed made his American film debut in the picture. Locations were shot at three famous film locations: Vasquez Rocks, Bronson Canyon, and the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California.[2]

Flame of Araby
Directed byCharles Lamont
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
Written byGerald Drayson Adams
StarringMaureen O'Hara
Jeff Chandler
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byTed Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 19, 1951 (1951-12-19) (United States)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million(US rentals)[1]


Bedouin chief Tamerlaine (Jeff Chandler) is engaged in the hunt for the legendary black stallion Shahzada. Also chasing the prize steed is Tunisian Princess Tanya (Maureen O'Hara), who desires to capture the horse to race in competition against hated brothers Borka (Lon Chaney) and Hakim (Buddy Baer), so she will not be forced to marry one of them. After a prolonged and deadly rivalry, Tamerlaine decides to join forces with Tanya to trap the stallion - and in the process, the two fall in love.[3]



The film was originally known as Flame of the Desert.[4][5] Maureen O'Hara reportedly requested Chandler as her leading man.[6]

Critical reception

TV Guide noted a "light diversion in the company of fiery redhead O'Hara, with the evil brothers delightfully played by Chaney and Baer." [7]

See also


  1. 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. "Flame of Araby (1952) - Original Print Info - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. "Flame-of-Araby - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com".
  4. Drama: Raoul Walsh Debates British Contract; Una Merkel in 'Goldeen Girl' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 17 Apr 1951: B7.
  5. WALD AND KRASNA IN DEAL WITH ANTA: R.K.O. Producers to Make 'The Great Moments'--Academy Providing Plays, Actors Film's Title Changed By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 28 Mar 1951: 33.
  6. Drama: Russian Intrigue Will Background Gable Film Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 06 Apr 1951: B8.
  7. "Flame Of Araby". TV Guide.

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