Edmond T. Gréville
I enjoyed Josephine Baker’s performance in this otherwise lackluster movie.
Max is a celebrated novelist suffering from writer’s block who is being nagged at ceaselessly by his wife. He and his partner decide to escape to Tunisia for inspiration and respite. There they meet the beggar Alwina (Josephine Baker). They take the “wild” free-spirited woman into their villa where they begin to “civilize” her. Meanwhile, Max’s wife has begun a flirtation with a maharaja in Paris. Max introduces to Alwina to Parisian society as Princess Tam-Tam to make his wife jealous. But Alwina can’t resist the urge to dance whenever drums begin to beat …
Josephine Baker sings two songs beautifully and has a couple of dance numbers. The last of these is as part of a relatively clunky Busby Berkeley-esque routine. These musical interludes are the main reasons to watch. The actors never catch fire and the story is pretty silly.
Clip – “Ahé! la Conga”