Oct 24, 1938
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Sent to Egypt by Napoleon III, practically as an exile, young Diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps (Tyrone Power) gets his first glimpse of the desert, meets the hoyden who becomes his devoted admirer. Subsequently, after a thunderstorm, he gets his vision of a canal that will cut through the isthmus, make a short passage to the treasured Orient.
The screen dramatizes the dream of a great Frenchman
The vision of a lockless canal that would join the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and cut 10,000 miles off the route to India fired the imagination of a young French consul in Egypt in 1832. He labored twenty years to get government permission. He labored five more to raise money. He traveled 70,000 miles to conquer the distrust, the obstacles, the fear, the rivalries that blocked his path. He was an old man before he saw his Queen decorate him for his labor.