Tangier (1946 film)


Original film poster
Directed by George Waggner
Produced by Paul Malvern
Joseph Gershenson
Screenplay by Monte Collins
M.M. Musselman
Story by Alice D.G. Miller
Starring Maria Montez
Robert Paige
Preston Foster
Louise Allbritton
Music by Milton Rosen
Cinematography Elwood Bredell
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 6, 1946 (1946-06-06)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tangier is a 1946 black-and-white thriller film set in the city of Tangier, Morocco that was directed by George Waggner and filmed on Universal's backlot. It was one of the last Universal Pictures films before it merged into Universal-International in July 1946.[1]

The film features a variety of well-known Universal players completing their contracts, such as Maria Montez, Robert Paige and Louise Allbritton, and well-known 1940s stars Preston Foster and Sabu who sings "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain".

The plot tells a tale of an escaped Nazi war criminal who is a diamond smuggler.

The film was made at the insistence of Maria Montez who was sick of being typecast in Technicolor oriental adventures.[2]


The film was originally entitled Flame of Stamboul and was to star Montez, John Hall and Turhan Bey.[3] Alice Miller wrote the script which was set in Turkey. However the story was felt to be politically problematic for neutral Turkey and filming was postponed. The project was reactivated after the war and set in Tangiers, leading to the change in title. The villains were agents from Franco's Spain. Then this was changed to they were from a non specific nationality.[4]

Steve Fisher rewrote the script.[5]

Filming started in September 1945. Sabu was reteamed with Montez but Jon Hall was still in the army.[6]

Choreography was made by Lester Horton.


  1. http://www.cobbles.com/simpp_archive/international_universal.htm
  2. Tangier at Maria Montez Fan Page
  3. DRAMA AND FILM: Helen Walker Awarded Starring Opportunity Maria Montez, Hall and Turhan Bey Will Appear in 'Flame of Stamboul' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Sep 1943: 7.
  4. DIPLOMATIC HOLLYWOOD: Treading Lightly Easy on the Victuals, Please TAPPING THE HOLLYWOOD WIRE Bang, Bang--Badmen! More Theatrical History By FRED STANLEY. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 07 Oct 1945: X1.
  5. NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Donna Reed Will Portray Sandy in 'Expendable'-- 'Corn Is Green' to Open Here on March 29 Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Mar 1945: 22.
  6. STAR OF 'DILLINGER' GETS JAMES ROLE: Lawrence Tierney Listed for 'Bad Man's Territory'--New Mexican Film at Belmont Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 15 Sep 1945: 21.

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