The Garden of Allah (1927 film)

The Garden of Allah is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by Rex Ingram, his final film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Ingram’s wife, actress Alice Terry and Iván Petrovich. It is the second version of the Robert Hichens 1904 British novel of the same name, which had been filmed by the Selig Polyscope Company in 1916 with Helen Ware and would be filmed again in 1936 with Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer.[1]

The Garden of Allah
Directed byRex Ingram
Produced byRex Ingram
Written byWillis Goldbeck (scenario)
Martin Brown (titles)
Based onThe Garden of Allah
by Robert S. Hichens
StarringAlice Terry
Iván Petrovich
Marcel Vibert
Music byWilliam Axt
Edward Bowes
David Mendoza
CinematographyMonroe Bennett
Lee Garmes
Marcel Lucien
Edited byArthur Ellis
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 2, 1927 (1927-09-02)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

An incomplete print of The Garden of Allah still exists and is preserved at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists film archive.[2]


Father Adrien (Iván Petrovich), a monk at the Trappist monastery of Notre Dame d'Afrique in Algeria, abandons his vows and escapes to the desert, where he meets and rescues Domini (Alice Terry).



The film was shot at a studio in Nice, France, and the desert exteriors were filmed in Biskra, Algeria and Morocco.[3]


  1. Teo, Hsu-Ming Teo (2012). Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels. University of Texas Press. p. 69. ISBN 0-292-73940-0.
  2. "Garden of Allah (1927)". Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. American Film Institute (1997). Munden White, Kenneth (ed.). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press. p. 281. ISBN 0-520-20969-9.

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