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Each day a highspeed;truck, with refrigerated compartment, carried film to Hollywood for developing developing and returned It to the encampment As the First Lady pf the. SeUnlck Camp, Marlene Dietrich enjoyed a tent twice ttie size of the ordinary ones, and fitted with a double celling of canvas and silk to hold down the temperature. In appearance,.with radio, ice box and electric stove, the Dietrich desert home was not unlike a 'modern apartment. D URING these - location days the company sprang Into action at the insistent call of a loud atrcri which rang as early as 3 a. rn. and never later than 4:45. Sundays loat their'iden- tity as the cast and crew worked every day, undet'a rigorous schedule broken only by a two-hour lunch period when the sun was too bright for "shooting." Twice Miss Dietrich fainted from the heat before the cameras, but each time, after a, she insisted on continuing. This commendable commendable spirit was manifested by the' entire cast and crew from time to time, as they corn- batted the wiles of nature, of the. uncomfortable uncomfortable potency of extreme weather and attacks of sudden sandstorms, lasting as Jong as three days. During theao periods, even the solidly- built tent-cabins were invaded by swirling dust. The only thing that made them habitable was the fact that it was worse outside. The first sandstorm, however, was not an adversity because because the scene called for* one. Nature was, so to speak, "following the script"; its efforts made the man-built wind machines seem but puny imitators. The enormity of maintaining such a location camp can be better realized by the /acts that a fleet of 34 sedans, trucks and busses were required required to move supplies, equipment and people; 125,000 feet of lumber was used In construction, construction, 3500 adobe bricks, 250 sacks of plaster; an additional 95,000 feet of lumber went Into plank road over the sand; 25 palm trees and numerous; other bulky articles had to be transported- transported- part of "The Garden of Allah" filmed on location largely concerns the unfolding of romance between the beautiful .Domini, played by Marlene, and the mysterious Boris, portrayed by Charles Boyer. This called for a meeting at an almost fantastic oasis, described by Hlchens, the author, from the actual Black Pool near Biskra. Amid the rolling dunes, a counterpart was erected and water transported aix milea from a pumping station via tank Uucka. For another scene an encampment WM built etted against the desert sky. Ten miles 'off the main highway between. Bard's and Laguna'darn, near the state line, setting of 3ldl-Zerzour was realized. Here beside a grove of date palms' saJd by. natives *be the oldest In. America, ; . the : location, became an oasis, in which the young lovers meet strange Count 'Anteonl, played by Basil Rathbone. Here-also '.'honest" Mustapha, played Adrian Rpseley, appeared as a guileful guide, and Joseph Schildkraut portrayed the dreamy Batouch. · ; . · · : · ' ' '. .^cause' of -the great amount-of materials needed,, and the :dlfficult haulage,'Sidi-Zerzbur was - a; major construction:prpblcm..Forty .worked .three weeks in advance of the company's company's arrival to" erect the set and complete dressing rooms, makeup tents and wardrobes. Next, In Buttercup valie,y,-near Gray's California, the most spectacular of air desert locations saw. an entire section of .an Algerian city rising out of the sand. Reached only rough plank; toad.^the location provided for care of horses, : camels., donkeys, dogs, she:p, rabbits, chickens and bunkhouscs for tenders. There were also the living quarters a schoolhouse for children working In the picture. : O N THE SET itself, a square that from the narrow streets of Benl-Mora covered with Jewelry, pottery, rugs from and Baluchistan and other articles, all Imported to take their places in the colorful bazaars. It was here that Director Boleslawskl staged the caravan scene In which the .lovers ride Into the raging storm, accompanied by attendants on Arabian'steeds, and followed a long line of camels. The fifth desert location was" the gaunt, truncated Tower of Mogar, set atop an enormous dune. Here was filmed the dranjatlc meeting the lost patrol, headed by Alan Marshal, Domini, at the honeymoon camp, deep in desert. . ' ^ While Bolealawskl had the company on locations the home studio had been busy construction. Utilizing 80 tons of sand, from location!, Lansing Hplden, the color director, director, supervised the evolution of Count tconl's garden In the city of Bent-Mora, modeled after the famous Villa Landrln In Algeria. This was but a quarter of a mile the confines of the studio walls. A short stretch of Southern 'Pacific tracks was chosen as th~ site of the railroad of El-Akbara, gateway 16 the desert After gaining the approval of a number at offlciala.

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  1. The Times,
  2. 15 Aug 1936, Sat,
  3. Page 18

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