Sudan (film)

Sudan is a 1945 American Technicolor adventure film directed by John Rawlins and starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Turhan Bey.

Directed byJohn Rawlins
Produced byPaul Malvern
Screenplay byEdmund L. Hartmann
StarringMaria Montez
Jon Hall
Turhan Bey
Music byMilton Rosen
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byMilton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 18, 1945 (1945-04-18) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office2,001,907 admissions (France)[1]

It was the last film Montez made for over a year due to fights with Universal.[2]


Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she seeks out rebel leader Herua. But through palace treachery, she herself is captured and enslaved. After various adventures, she finds herself rescued by (and attracted to) the very rebel she was seeking. Will gratitude or revenge win out? Gorgeous scenery and costumes.



The film was originally known as The Queen of the Nile.[5] It was described as a "successor to Arabian Nights".[6]

Production began in June 1944.[7] In January of the following year the title was changed to Sudan.[8]


  1. Box office for France in 1949 at Box Office Story
  2. Sudan at Maria Montez Fan Page
  3. "James Dime". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. King Hanson, Patricia, ed. (1999). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures: Feature Films, 1941-1950. 2: Film Entries M-Z. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 1952.
  5. Montez-Hall Duo Again in 'Queen of the Nile': Story Called 'Twice ... Schallert, Edwin Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); May 10, 1944; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times pg. A11
  6. UNIVERSAL TO MAKE 55 FEATURE FILMS: Schedules Seven Technicolor Pictures and Many Shorts for the 1944-45 Season New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 12 June 1944: 16.
  7. LIGHTS! CAMERA! Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 June 1944: C1.
  8. SCREEN NEWS: Glenn Tryon to Portray George White in Film Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 Jan 1945: 22.

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