Little Egypt is a 1951 American Technicolor comedy drama film directed by Frederick de Cordova starring Mark Stevens and Rhonda Fleming. It is a highly fictionalised biography of the dancer Little Egypt in the 1890s.
|Directed by||Frederick de Cordova|
|Screenplay by||Oscar Brodney|
|Story by||Oscar Brodney|
|Produced by||Jack J. Gross|
|Edited by||Edward Curtiss|
|Box office||$1.1 million (US rentals)|
A look or two at the exotic dancer Izora and the pasha's in love. Graydon tries to discourage her, but she manages to make her way to Chicago, where she promptly identifies herself, to Cravat's delight, as a genuine Egyptian princess.
Cravat pretends to be romantically interested in Graydon's daughter, Sylvia, to score points with her father. A jealous Izora retaliates by trying to seduce the man Sylvia is engaged to, Oliver Doane.
When she dances a scandalous "hootchy-kootchy" dance in public, the police place Izora under arrest. She insists in court that as a princess she's entitled to dance any way she pleases. Trouble is, the prosecution has discovered that Izora is actually Betty Randolph of Jersey City, New Jersey.
The pasha shows up just in time to attest to the fact that she is his cousin ... and, therefore, a true princess. They nearly get away with it, until others figure out that the pasha himself is nothing but a fake.
- Mark Stevens as Wayne Cravat
- Rhonda Fleming as Izora
- Nancy Guild as Sylvia Graydon
- Charles Drake as Oliver Doane
- Tom D'Andrea as Max
- Minor Watson as Cyrus Graydon
- Steven Geray as Pasha
- Verna Felton as Mrs. Samantha Doane
- John Litel as Shuster
- Kathryn Givney as Cynthia Graydon
- Fritz Feld as Professor
- Dan Riss as Prosecutor
- Jack George as Meheddi
- Edward Clark as Judge (as Ed Clark)
- John Gallaudet as O'Reilly
- Freeman Lusk as Spinelli
- Leon Belasco as Moulai
De Cordova later said he only enjoyed making the film "a modicum. At least the picture got me back in the musical area where I had worked in New York. Mark Stevens was an attractive, competent actor and Rhonda Fleming was a very pretty girl. We tested a lot of women for that part. Whoever played it had to be voluptuous and able to move sexily. The picture was kind of a pot boiler but we got paid for it. The results weren't terrible although I don't think I heightened Fleming's career or that the picture heightened mine."
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
- Little Egypt at TCMDB
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- WARNERS SHELVES REMAKE OF DRAMA: Studio Postpones 'Front Man,' Based on 'Winterset,' Play by Maxwell Anderson By THOMAS BRADY New York Times 24 Nov 1950: 44.
- Davis, Ronald L. (2005). Just making movies. University Press of Mississippi. pp. 133–134.