The Camels are Coming (October 1, 1934)

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The Camels are Coming
 

Released on October 1, 1934: A British airplane pilot tries to help the Egyptian Air Force find and stop drug smugglers in the desert.

Produced by Michael Balcon

Directed by Tim Whelan

The Actors: Jack Hulbert (Squadron Leader Jack Campbell), Anna Lee (Anita Rodgers), Hartley Power (Nicholas), Harold Huth (Doctor Zhiga), Allan Jeayes (Sheikh), Peter Gawthorne (General Fairley), Norma Whalley (tourist), Peggy Simpson (tourist), Percy Parsons (Arab), Tony De Lungo (Nicholas' servant), E.V.H. Emmett (commentator)

 

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Mirth and Mayhem among the Pyramids

As our desert adventure opens we watch Movie Theater newsreels telling us about a fleet of airplanes being delivered to Egypt along with one British flying ace named Jack Campbell, played by our leading man Jack Hulbert. His job will be to help the Egyptian pilots search the vast desert for drug smugglers. Of course our comedy king begins by doing everything wrong . . . He will insult the Egyptian General, then meet the Sheikh who is the big drug smuggler and pronounce him innocent and beg his forgiveness for ever thinking that he might be a smuggler. Then he meets the leading lady of the story, a blonde beauty flying a plane who makes a complete fool out of our ace pilot by shooting holes in his airplane's petrol tanks and stranding him in the desert. Ahhh, but he is love-struck and even though he believes that she is part of the smuggling ring he is determined to convince her to quit the smuggling ring. Of course she is not part of the smuggling ring, and he has actually been duped into delivering the drugs to Cairo by the real leader of the desert drug smugglers. The blonde gal is Anna Lee, daughter of a British Vicar who trained at London's Royal Albert Hall. Her Godparents were Dame Sybil Thorndike and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. During the period that this movie was filmed she was known as the Queen of the Quota Quickie – she appeared in many low-budget quickly filmed adventures like this one that entertained British audiences every week. . . . And continues to entertain us today thanks to collectors who have saved movies like this one. A few years after this movie she moved to Hollywood with her director husband Robert Stevenson, and continued appearing in movies, and even became a part of the television soap opera cast for General Hospital as Lila Quartermaine. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Jack Hulbert
Jack Hulbert
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Allan Jeayes
Allan Jeayes
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee and Jack Hulbert
Anna Lee and Jack Hulbert
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
Harold Huth, Anna Lee and Peter Gawthorne
Harold Huth, Anna Lee and Peter Gawthorne
Harold Huth and Anna Lee
Harold Huth and Anna Lee
Harold Huth and Jack Hulbert
Harold Huth and Jack Hulbert
Harold Huth
Harold Huth
Hartley Power
Hartley Power
Hartley Power and Allan Jeayes
Hartley Power and Allan Jeayes
Hartley Power
Hartley Power
Jack Hulbert and Allan Jeayes
Jack Hulbert and Allan Jeayes
Hartley Power and Allan Jeayes
Hartley Power and Allan Jeayes
Jack Hulbert and Anna Lee
Jack Hulbert and Anna Lee
Jack Hulbert and Percy Parsons
Jack Hulbert and Percy Parsons
Jack Hulbert and Peter Gawthorne
Jack Hulbert and Peter Gawthorne
Jack Hulbert, Tony De Lungo and Hartley Power
Jack Hulbert, Tony De Lungo and Hartley Power
Anna Lee meets Jack Hulbert
Anna Lee meets Jack Hulbert
Jack Hulbert meets Hartley Power
Jack Hulbert meets Hartley Power
Norma Whalley
Norma Whalley
Peter Gawthorne
Peter Gawthorne
Peter Gawthorne and Jack Hulbert
Peter Gawthorne and Jack Hulbert