Two of the most powerful actors of their era. Humphrey Bogart and Lee J. Cobb, went head to head inSIROCCO, an action packed thriller set in war-torn Syria. Bogart stars as gun-smuggler Harry Smith whose daring exploits earn him a ruthless reputation. But when Smith needs safe passage from Damascus, he's forced to turn to his chief rival in love and war, French Colonel Feroud (Cobb). Feroud blackmails Smith for vital military information, but then puts his own life in Smith's hands when he istaken hostage by the Syrian underground. Former Broadway stars, Bogart and Cobb brought out the best in each other on film, adding rare excitement to this action-packed adventure. Cobb especially benefitted from Sirocco's popularity; he went on to star in a string of impressive hits, including ON THE WATERFRONT, TWELVE ANGRY MEN and COOGAN'S BLUFF. An explosive thriller propelled by two powerhouse performers, SIROCCO is classic action-adventure!
Humphrey Bogart is in familiar territory as an American expatriate in the Middle East, selling arms to the Syrian rebels under the nose of the occupying French army in 1925 Damascus. Bogie's Harry Smith, dressed in a modest cream suit and natty bow tie, is a hustler in a shady world of brittle alliances where the sound of mortar and gunfire never lets up. His nemesis is incorruptible French officer Lee J. Cobb, who is no gentleman when it comes to his lady (Marta Toren), a European beauty who catches Smith's eye. This mercenary, unsentimental Casablanca
knock-off is dominated completely by a Bogart who has kissed romance and redemption goodbye. His ruthless, increasingly desperate performance makes up for the chilly Toren and the generally bland supporting cast (the exception is the animated Zero Mostel), and lights a fire under the film. --Sean Axmaker