DRUMS IN THE DESERT-1940 Introduction of All- Black Paratrooper Company into the French Foreign Legion.

BOY HOWDY! Talk about a Movie that I found very interesting. At one moment it tries to be a Comedy and the next, it’s Serious and Troops are being Killed. But it’s a Movie I hope you’ll watch. ACTION, ADVENTURE. And ROMANCE. Pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!

***WARNING: This Movie is an example of 1940-era Racial Profiling***



On his way to a post as special adviser of the new parachute troops of the French Foreign Legion in Morocco, Paul Dumont meets the beautiful Helene on the ship. A romance ensues, but the two decide to part when Paul learns that Helene is the fiancée of his best friend and fellow officer Raoul. Raoul is wounded during an Arab attack and the wedding is postponed, and Helene and Paul are thrown together and find it impossible to hide their feelings. The meet in the tent of Hassan, a fortune teller, not knowing the tent is a storage place for arms and ammunition belonging to Addullah, an Arab leader determined to avenge the death of his brother Ben Ali. ×


Drums of the Desert is a 1940 American adventure film directed by George Waggner and written by Dorothy Davenport and George Waggner. The film stars Ralph ByrdLorna GrayMantan MorelandGeorge Lynn, Willy Castello and Jean Del Val. The film was released on October 7, 1940, by Monogram Pictures.[1][2][3]

Drums of the Desert
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Waggner
Screenplay byDorothy Davenport
George Waggner
Story byJohn T. Neville
Produced byPaul Malvern
StarringRalph Byrd
Lorna Gray
Mantan Moreland
George Lynn
Willy Castello
Jean Del Val
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byJack Ogilvie
Monogram Pictures
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release dateOctober 7, 1940
Running time64 minutes
CountryUnited States