Review: ‘Station Six-Sahara’

Station Six-Sahara is a sex melodrama [from the play, Men without a Past, by Jacques Maret], filmed in the Libyan desert with Carroll Baker. Story premise of a sexpot arriving at an isolated desert oil pipeline station where five lonely men have only thing in common - the nagging need for a woman - is generally well developed.

Station Six-Sahara is a sex melodrama [from the play, Men without a Past, by Jacques Maret], filmed in the Libyan desert with Carroll Baker. Story premise of a sexpot arriving at an isolated desert oil pipeline station where five lonely men have only thing in common – the nagging need for a woman – is generally well developed.

Good interest is early sustained despite fact that Baker does not appear for first 42 minutes. Limited confines of the rude station settings puts emphasis strictly upon yarn unfoldment and permits director Seth Holt to display his helming mettle while audience awaits entrance of femme star, only woman in cast. With her entry into plot, when a car roars out of the night and eager hands, after it crashes, lift her seductive figure out of the wreckage, attention picks up perceptibly as the men react in varying degrees and kind to her presence.

Baker, in what amounts actually to a smaller role, feelingly delineates this key character and makes her work count. Peter Van Eyck, in charge of the station which he operates with typical cold Teutonic efficiency, is smooth and convincing. Jorg Felmy, another German with icy self-control, underplays his role for excellent effect. Ian Bannen, a Scotsman with a sour sense of humor, and Denholm Elliott, a paperspined Englishman who lives on memories of the desert war in World War II, persuasively portray their respective parts.

Station Six-Sahara

UK

Production

Allied Artists. Director Seth Holt; Producer Victor Lyndon; Screenplay Bryan Forbes, Brian Clemens; Camera Gerald Gibbs; Editor Alastair McIntyre; Music Ron Grainer; Art Director Jack Stephens

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Carroll Baker Peter Van Eyck Ian Bannen Denholm Elliott Jorg Felmy Mario Adorf
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