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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr


Indiana Jones: In Morocco Indiana Jones
"In Morocco"
(46:07-end on the Tales of Innocence DVD)
Written by Jonathan Hales
Directed by Michael Schultz
Original release date on video: July 14, 1999

As part of a covert mission, Indy is assigned to escort famed American author Edith Wharton during her visit to Morocco.


Read the "August 1918" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


The original script of this episode places it in Morocco in 1917. This would be correct for the historical circumstance Indy finds himself in as the French military escort/liaison to the famed American author Edith Wharton during her travels through the coastal North African country of Morocco in late September and early October 1917. This original script was written and shot to be part of the third season of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles...but the series was canceled during the second season and this episode never aired. It was later re-edited and modified to become the second half of the Tales of Innocence TV movie in the The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones video package, paired with "Northern Italy, June 1918" (studied by PopApostle as "To Have and Have Not") in which Indy vies with a young Ernest Hemingway for the attention of an Italian maiden. The movie does not state explicitly when it takes place but, in terms of historical accuracy, the two stories could not take place back-to-back as presented there. The placement of the movie DVD in the boxed set suggests it takes place around the end of 1917 or beginning of 1918, which matches neither the Hemingway nor Wharton historical events. I have, therefore, broken off this Edith Wharton story from the Tales of Innocence TV movie into its own place here, set in late September and early October 1917.


Didja Know?


The title I've used for this episode, "In Morocco", is derived from the title of the book the historical Edith Wharton wrote about her travels in Morocco, In Morocco.


The only existent version of this episode is part of the The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence. The "Tales of Innocence" title of the movie is likely a nod to Edith Wharton's 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. The script of this episode, "Morocco, 1917", was originally written and shot for a third season of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. But the series was canceled during the second season, and this episode was never broadcast and went unseen by the public until the TV movie versions of combined episodes was released to home video.


The character of Sheikh Kamal in this episode is played by Roshan Seth. He also appears as Chattar Lal, the Prime Minister of Pankot, in Temple of Doom.


Indy takes on another alias in this episode, Captain Duval of the French Foreign Legion.


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


There were no Old Indy bookends filmed for this episode. 


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved.  


The events of this episode are not covered in the journal. The pages jump from August 1916 ("Trenches of Hell") to November 1918 and the end of the war (Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye).


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Dr. Guido Mestiere

Nurse Sofia

Indiana Jones

French lieutenant

Venecian nurses

ship steward

French intelligence officer

Sergeant Hinkel


El Hadji

Colonel Serre

Resident-General Hubert Lyautey

Sheikh Kamal

Colonel Bonnet (presumed dead at the end of the episode)

Nancy Stratemeyer (mentioned only)

Vicky Prentiss (mentioned only)

Giulietta (mentioned only)

Mata Hari (mentioned only)

Lowell Thomas

Lawrence of Arabia (mentioned only)

Captain Morel

Lieutenant Cordier

Lieutenant Viard

armory sentries

belly dancers

Arab informant


Arab bodyguards 




Didja Notice?


The scenes from 46:07-50:30 on the DVD were shot new in 1996 to act as an interstitial in the movie between the "Northern Italy, June 1918" ("To Have and Have Not") episode and this one.


The sign on the office door at the beginning of the episode, "Dottore Guido Mestiere", is Italian for "Doctor Guido Mestiere".


At 46:55 on the DVD, the San Giorgio Maggiore church of the Benedictines in Venice, Italy is seen. Seconds later, we see the Basilica of St Mary of Health. In a distance shot, we also see the Doge's Palace across the harbor from the basilica.


The sign on the building at 47:05 on the DVD, Ospedale, is Italian for "hospital".


As Captain Morel presents Indy with his new assignment in the interstitial scenes, he briefly recounts a couple of Indy's recent missions. Unfortunately, his recounting refers to events that, in the PopApostle chronology of the episodes as originally written/presented on the Young Indiana Chronicles TV series, have not yet occurred ("To Have and Have Not", the first half of the Tales of Innocence movie, set in June 1918, and "Daredevils of the Desert", set in late October 1917). For this scene, the viewer can imagine that Captain Morel is praising him on two different spy missions Indy undertook recently (though all the spy missions of his we've seen thus far have not been particularly successful!). It's possible that Indy's untold Berlin assignment mentioned at the end of "The Trial of Amadeus Schubelgruber" was successful in some way, followed by another rewarding assignment where he was also injured, explaining his hospital stay here at the beginning of the episode.


As he's discharged from the Venetian hospital, the nurses give him gifts and he says, "Grazie" and "Ciao." These are Italian for "Thank you" and "Goodbye."


After their kiss before he gets on the boat, Sofia tells Indy, "Arrivederci." This is also an Italian term for "goodbye."


At 49:39 on the DVD, a tunnel sign behind Sofia reads Sotoportego Serian. A sotoportego is a passage underneath a building, a part of Venetian urban design.


When a steward brings Indy a cup of coffee on the ship, Indy asks if he has any idea what Casablanca is like. Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, lying on the coast.


The opening shot in Morocco is actually of Çeşme Castle in Çeşme, Turkey. This was shot was also used as a Kenyan fort in "The Phantom Train of Doom".


Indy is told to go to Fort Comis at the edge of the Moroccan desert for his assignment, as "Captain Duval" of the French Foreign Legion. Fort Comis appears to be a fictitious military installation. The French Foreign Legion is an arm of the French Army in which foreign nationals may serve.


The tricolour flag of France is seen at 52:35 on the DVD. This version of the flag has some symbols and words on it I can't make out.


The shot of an animal skeleton on the sand dunes at 53:43 on the DVD may be a nod to a similar moment on the desert planet Tatooine in George Lucas' 1977 film Star Wars.
"In Morocco" Star Wars: A New Hope


On the route to Fort Comis, the Legionnaires have a dust-up with the Berbers of El Hadji. Berbers are an ethnic group of northern Africa.


Resident-General Hubert Lyautey (1854-1934), French colonial administrator of Morocco from 1912-1925, was an actual historical figure.


Thanks to the German documents provided by Indy, French intelligence is able to trace the smuggled weapons to their alleged ally Sheikh Kamal in Hidron. As far as I can tell, Hidron is a fictitious location in Morocco.


Indy is assigned to find proof against Sheikh Kamal. As a cover story for his presence in Hidron, he is assigned as liaison to famed American novelist Edith Wharton, who is touring Morocco. Wharton (1862-1937) actually did spend time in the country in 1917 as the guest of Lyautey.


During their wagon ride to Hidron, Indy tells Wharton about some of his former girlfriends, including Nancy in Princeton, Vicky, and, his first sexual experience, Mata Hari. Viewers met these ladies in  "Race to Danger", "Love's Sweet Song", and "The Mata Hari Affair", respedtively. He also mentions fighting with a friend of his over a girl in Italy. This is another reference to the not-yet-happened (in the PopApostle chronology) events of "To Have and Have Not".


The waterfalls Indy and Wharton visit at 1:08:28 on the DVD are Ouzoud Falls in Morocco.


The Kasbah ruin Indy and Wharton visit at 1:09:10 on the DVD appears to be one near Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco. The giant bird nests atop the fortifications are stork nests. Indy remarks that the Kasbah was built around the same time as Versailles. Versailles refers to the Palace of Versailles, the former royal residence of the sovereign of France in parts of the 17th and 18th Centuries. 


   While touring the Kasbah, Indy and Wharton meet journalist Lowell Thomas, who joins them in their journey to Hidron. Thomas (1892-1981) was a real world journalist, traveller, and broadcaster. As stated here, he helped to popularize Lawrence of Arabia during the war. He may be best known for being one of the most recognized voices of Twentieth Century Fox's Movietone newsreels from the late 1920s to 1952.

    Thomas tells Indy and Wharton that he's covering the war for the U.S. Government Information Service. As far as I can find, there was no U.S. government service by this name, but he did cover the war at the behest of President Woodrow Wilson, who wanted "positive" coverage to gain the support of the American people.


Indy tells Thomas that he's known T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) since he was 10 years old. They met in "My First Adventure".


At 1:14:49 on the DVD, Indy and Wharton are seen entering the Ben Youssef Madrasa (college) in Marrakesh, Morocco to meet Colonel Bonnet (here, it is meant to be a palace in Hidron).


At 1:24:32 on the DVD, Sheikh Kamal tells the end of a joke or anecdote that concludes to a good laugh from the gathered men and Mrs. Wharton: "I fast only in the daytime." This may be the end of a rather bawdy joke.


The palace luncheon seen at 1:26:30 on the DVD was shot at Bahia Palace in Marrakesh.


At the end of the episode, Wharton remarks that she shall soon return to Paris. Wharton lived in Paris from 1913 until her death in 1937.


Memorable Dialog


any idea what Casablanca's like?.mp3

this is the Legion.mp3

this is lethal.mp3

a last cigarette.mp3

my friends call me Indy.mp3

you have passion.mp3

it's personalities they get excited about.mp3

the public has a right to know.mp3

I see that you are most intelligent...for a woman.mp3

time doesn't stop.mp3 


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