The Garden of Allah


The Garden of Allah (1936)



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Marlene Dietrich stars as the noble Domini Enfilden in this third film version of Robert Hichens' 1904 novel. After caring for her dying father, Domini is told by her Mother Superior (Lucille Watson) that she should go to the Algerian desert to rest and seek sanctuary. On her way to the town of Beni-Mora, Domini meets the ill-tempered and mysterious Boris Androvsky (Charles Boyer), a Trappist monk who has forsaken his vows and also seeks the Algerian desert for salvation. Domini is attracted to this moody monk, but continues on. Her desert guide, Batouch (Joseph Schildkraut), takes Domini to a cabaret, where a riot breaks out during a production number. Boris re-appears to rescue her from the trashed club. Domini and Boris fall in love, marry, and travel to the desert for their honeymoon. There the newlyweds encounter a unit of the French Foreign Legion, whose commander, De Trevignac (Alan Marshal), holds a secret to Boris's past.


Marlene Dietrich
as Domini Enfilden
Charles Boyer
as Boris Androvsky
Basil Rathbone
as Count Ferdinand Anteoni
C. Aubrey Smith
as Father Roubier
John Carradine
as Sand diviner
Alan Marshal
as De Trevignac
Lucile Watson
as Mother Superior
John Bryan
as Brother Gregory
Nigel De Brulier
as The Lector
Adrian Rosley
as Mustapha
Corky the Dog
as Bous-Bous
Bonita Granville
as Children in Convent
Marcia Mae Jones
as Children in Convent
Betty Jane Graham
as Children in Convent
Ann Gillis
as Children in Convent
Marian Sayers
as Oasis Girl
Betty Van Auken
as Oasis Girl
Edna M. Harris
as Oasis girl
Frances Turnham
as Oasis Girl
Leonid Kinskey
as Voluble Arab
Louis Aldez
as Blind Singer
Barry Downing
as Little Boris
Edna M. Harris
as Oasis girl
Jane Kerr
as Ouled Nails Madam
Russ Powell
as Ouled Nails Proprietor
Eric Alden
as Anteoni's Lieutenant
Russell Powell
as Ouled Nails Proprietor
Michael Mark
as Coachman
Harlan Briggs
as American tourist
Louis Mercier
as De Trevignac's Patrol
Marcel de la Brosse
as De Trevignac's Patrol
Bob Stevenson
as De Trevignac's Patrol
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Critic Reviews for The Garden of Allah

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Just another contract-player time-killer.

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

Lacks a fresh point of view and its people lack individuality.

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Starring Dietrich and Charles Boyer, this disappointing third version of the popular 1904 novel, is mostly known for its use of three-color Technicolor, which won an Oscar.

Jul 6, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

More a collection of character vignettes than a full-blown story, Garden Party nonetheless shows as much promise for its makers as it gives to its characters.

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Nothing new in writer-director Jason Freeland's Garden Party, then, nor anything particularly insightful about the mercenary business of getting by and ahead out here.

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

It's familiar stuff if you've sampled the vast body of work devoted to LA-dammerung.

Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Garden of Allah


Heavy duty dramatics in beautiful color.

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