And sand kissing a moonlit sky,
A desert breeze whispering a lullaby,
Only stars above you
To see I love you
The stage version contains examples of the following tropes:
- Abduction Is Love
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: The whole point.
- Altar the Speed: What happens with Margot and Paul's wedding.
- A Match Made in Stockholm: Margot falls in love with the Red Shadow after he kidnaps her.
- Arab Oil Sheikh: Ali Ben Ali is a stereotypical one with a harem, fitting the older portrayal. The Red Shadow is supposedly a bandit version of this.
- Badass Native: The Red Shadow But not really.
- Bawdy Song: "Let Love Go" and "One Flower Goes Alone In Your Garden" sung by Ali Ben Ali and Sid El Kar (Red Shadow's lieutenant) respectively, in support of polygamy. Also, "It", sung by Benny and Susan.
- Belly Dancer: Azuri.
- Beta Couple: Comic relief pair Benny and Susan.
- Camp Follower: How Clementina and her friends ended up at Ali Ben Ali's. "The soldiers of Spain must have diversion. Every military post in Morocco has its share of rubbish from the streets of Madrid."
- Cut Song: A few from Lady Fair
- Darkest Africa
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Margot during the "Sabre Song" sequence. "All my secret longing/Wishes that are thronging/Feelings that I vainly try to hide" indeed.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Pierre's disguise.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If Moroccan: This is part of why Margot is attracted to the Red Shadow and why Azuri's role exists.
- Faux Interracial Relationship: The mysterious rebel leader, supposedly an Arab turns out to be the son of the new governor.
- Final Love Duet: The reprise of "One Alone" sung by both Pierre and Margot as she realises his true identity.
- Foreign Fanservice
- Going Native: Partial aversion — Pierre/the Red Shadow spends his nights among his own ethnic group (the French) and sneaks out when he can.
- High-Class Call Girl: Clementina, a Spanish courtesan in Ali Ben Ali's house.
- Honor-Related Abuse: A variant — the Red Shadow is left to die in the desert for refusing to fight an opponent. His own father, who's on the opposite side.
- "I Am" Song: Clementina's "Song of The Brass Key", describing what she does for a living. Also, ''The Riff Song" and "French Military Marching Song." And arguably, "Azuri's Dance", which is actually a description of the character by another character. Since Azuri is a dancer, that's the closest thing the show has.
- "I Want" Song: "Romance" for Margot and "One Alone" for the Red Shadow.
- Just Like Robin Hood
- Legion of Lost Souls: As a backdrop
- Loves My Alter Ego: An early example.
- Meaningful Name: "Azuri" supposedly means "Tiger Claws". Azuri is very vicious and compared to a tiger several times, especially in her Villain Sucks Song.
- Mighty Whitey: Pierre/The Red Shadow.
- Ms. Fanservice: Azuri
- Mixed Ancestry: Azuri. "My mother — she is mostly white."
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Pierre is the brave and daring Red Shadow.
- Opening Chorus: "Ho, Bold Men of Morocco", "My Little Castagnette"
- Paper-Thin Disguise
- Red Is Heroic: The Shadow.
- Secret Identity
- Serenade Your Lover: The title song.
- Shipper on Deck: Clementina in the reprise of "The Song of the Brass Key".Clementina: Give him the key, the key to your heart,
Help him to find the door
Tell him of Loveland's lore."
- Spicy Latina: Clementina.
- Spirited Young Lady: Margot. Also Azuri, to some extent.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Margot and the girls all dress up as soldiers for "French Military Marching Song."
- The Ingenue: Margot
- The Male Ingenue Must Be A Tenor: Averted by Pierre/the Red Shadow, who is a lyric baritone. The tenor is Sid El Kar, a supporting role.
- The Roaring Twenties
- The Vamp
- The Villain Sucks Song: ''Azuri's Dance".
- ''Sid el-Kar (singing): Soft as a pigeon lights upon the sand,Swift as a tiger she will grip his hand,Claws of a tiger sharp with fury,So is the maid Azuri.''
- Toros y Flamenco
- Two-Person Love Triangle
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The Red Shadow was inspired by a Riff chieftain named Abdel Krim.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The Red Shadow gets one over risking his friends' lives "for your woman."
- Woman Scorned: Guess who?
- Wrecked Weapon: Happens in the banishment scene.
The 1929 movie contains examples of the following tropes:
- Chewing the Scenery: Everyone, but especially Myrna Loy as Azuri and John Boles as The Red Shadow.
- Cut Song: "Romance" and "One Good Boy Gone Wrong", a seduction duet between Benny and Clementina.
- Fake Nationality: None of the actors playing the French, Spanish or Moroccan roles were French, Spanish or Moroccan.
The 1943 movie contains examples of the following tropes:
- In Name Only: Margot is now a singer, Pierre is now a pianist and American veteran of the Spanish Civil War called Paul Hudson, and his alter ego is now called El Khobar.
- Les Collaborateurs: New Moroccan villain Caid Youseff.
- Movie Bonus Song: Many. "Asmar El Loon," "Gay Parisienne", "Fifi's Song," and "Long Live The Night" are four examples.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: The Desert Song WITH NAZIS!
- Setting Update: To World War II.
- The Chanteuse: Margot sings at Benoit's Concert Palace, a nightclub frequented by French colonials.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Are building a railroad with slave labour.
- World War II
The 1953 movie contains examples of the following tropes.
- All Women Are Lustful: The implication of Margot singing "One Flower Grows Alone In Your Garden."
- The Cover Changes The Meaning: "One Flower Grows Alone In Your Garden" is now a song about how All Women Are Lustful instead of an advice song about polygamy.
- Cut Song: Almost all of the original score, except for "One Alone", "One Flower Grows Alone In Your Garden", "Romance", "The Desert Song", and "The Riff Song."
- Fake Nationality: All the actors.
- Movie Bonus Song: "Long Live The Night" and "Gay Parisienne" from the 1943 version.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Paul/El Khobar is now Margot's Latin tutor.
- The General's Daughter: Margot