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Sands of the Desert is a 1960 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Charlie Drake in his first lead role in a feature film, Peter Arne, Sarah Branch and Raymond Huntley.

Sands of the Desert
"Sands of the Desert" (1960).jpg
Original UK quad poster
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byGordon Scott
Written byJohn Paddy Carstairs (screenplay)
Charlie Drake (additional dialogue)
Story byAnne Burnaby
Stafford Byrne
Robert Hall
StarringCharlie Drake
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byRichard Best
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors(UK)
Release date
8 September 1960 (UK)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



Charlie Sands, a British travel agent is sent to run a holiday camp in the Arabian Peninsula after his predecessor is assassinated because the property is sitting on a potential oilfield.[1]


Critical receptionEdit

TV Guide described it as "a mildly amusing comedy that never really delivers its laugh quota, due primarily to its uneven script. Drake, a popular British television comic of the day, is good, though the movies are clearly not his metier."[2]


  1. ^ "Sands of the Desert (1960)". BFI.
  2. ^ "Sands Of The Desert".

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