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Suez (1938)





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This is an epic Darryl F. Zanuck production that plays fast and loose with historical facts regarding early 19th century French politics and the building of the Suez Canal. Tyrone Power stars as Ferdinand de Lesseps, an engineer and son of a French nobleman (Harry Stephenson). At the start of the film, he is in love with Eugenie (Loretta Young), but so is the French President Louis Napoleon (Leon Ames). After his father is appointed French consul to Egypt, the younger de Lesseps travels there and conceives the idea of a canal connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas. Back in France, he is promised help by Eugenie, now Napoleon's mistress, in exchange for Count de Lesseps' agreement to dissolve the government temporarily. Napoleon then declares himself emperor, making Eugenie his empress. The elder de Lesseps dies of shock at the political betrayal, while the younger de Lesseps starts building the canal, overcoming attacks by tribal people and severe heat. France cuts off backing, and de Lesseps has to get help from England to finish the project. A sandstorm injures de Lesseps, and his French-Egyptian lover Toni (Annabella) straps him to a post to save him, sacrificing her own life for the canal. Power and Annabella married each other after the film. The descendants of de Lesseps sued 20th Century Fox for libel, but lost. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

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Tyrone Power
as Ferdinand De Lesseps
Loretta Young
as Empress Eugenie
Henry Stephenson
as Count de Lesseps
Maurice Moscovich
as Mohammed Ali
Sig Rumann
as Sgt. Fellerin
Nigel Bruce
as Sir Malcolm Cameron
Miles Mander
as Benjamin Disraeli
George Zucco
as Prime Minister
Leon Ames
as Louis Napoleon
Rafaela Ottiano
as Maria De Teba
Victor Varconi
as Victor Hugo
Frank Reicher
as Gen. Chargarnier
Carlos De Valdez
as Count Hatzfeld
Brandon Hurst
as Franz Liszt
Marcelle Corday
as Mme. Paquineau
Alphonse Martell
as Gen. St. Arnaud
C. Montague Shaw
as Elderly Man
Leonard Mudie
as Campaign Manager
Jean Perry
as Umpire
Robert Graves
as Official
Louis La Bey
as Servant
Michael Visaroff
as Jewel Merchant
Louis Vincenot
as Jewel Merchant
Fred Malatesta
as Jewel Merchant
Tony Urchell
as Wrestler
Jean De Briac
as Engineer
George Sorel
as Assistant
Jacques Vanaire
as Old Engineer
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Critic Reviews for Suez

All Critics (2)

A remarkable piece of historical production, with, however, considerably more emphasis on production than on history.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The historical drama suffers for being undramatic.

August 16, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suez

I noticed 10 minutes into the film that Loretta Young's dresses for any crowd scene were bigger and brighter than any other women in the scene. That's how I knew that the truth was not a priority here, or indeed even the Suez Canal of the very title. So settle back for some light drama, some light celebrity name-dropping, some costumes, some history light, and don't worry if you miss a scene or two on your way to the bathroom. Look for character actors you might've seen in others flickers - they're here hidden under make-up. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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