Abdul The Damned

Here’s a movie ad from the July 17 1935 Toronto Daily Star:


That would have been an incongruous pairing: a movie about a sultan’s harem, paired with Mickey Mouse in color.

Abdul The Damned was filmed in Britain. It is based on the life of Abdul Hamid II, known as “The Damned” for his massacres of minorities in the Ottoman Empire during his reign. The New York Times didn’t like it much, calling it a “tedious and uninspired biography, scarred by hypodermic injections of stale melodrama”. Ouch.

Fritz Kortner (1892-1970) was Jewish and from Germany, fleeing in 1933 to escape Nazi rule. He eventually returned in 1949.

Adrienne Ames (1907-1947) acted in over 30 films in the 1930s, and died of cancer at the age of 39. If Wikipedia is to be believed, she was first married at the age of 13.

Nils Asther (1897-1981) was a Swedish actor who hung out a lot with his fellow Swedish expatriate, Greta Garbo. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 1960.

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