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I Cover the War! (1937)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  4 July 1937 (USA)
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Newsreel cameraman Bob Adams heads to North Africa to cover an Arab uprising against the British. When he refuses to help his younger brother become a cameraman, Don becomes the dupe of less savory types posing in the trade.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gwen Gaze ...
Don Barclay ...
Pat Somerset ...
Captain Archie Culvert
Charles Brokaw ...
El Kadar / Muffadhi
James Bush ...
Don Adams
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Sam Harris ...
Colonel Hugh Armitage (as Major Sam Harris)
Olaf Hytten ...
Sir Herbert
Frank Lackteen ...
Mustapha
Franklin Parker ...
Parker (as Franklyn Parker)
Keith Hitchcock ...
Sergeant Major (as Keith Kennedy)
Abdulla ...
Richard Tucker ...
Army Officer
John Mack ...
Graham (as Jack Mack)
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Bob Adams, ace newsreel cameraman, is told by his boss, "Get the picture---we can't screen alibis." He heads for Samari, a desert hot-bed of tribal unrest in Africa, to do just that, which includes getting footage of El Kadar, bandit and rebel leader. He gets his pictures but only after a romance with the Colonel's daughter Pamela, saving his wimpy, hacked-off brother Don from being a dupe of the gun-runners, and run-ins with spies and throat-cutting tribesman. For a finale, he saves the British Army. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DRAMA FOR HIS NEWSREEL CAMERA! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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4 July 1937 (USA)  »

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Arabische machten  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Early in the film, Bob Adams's boss tells him he is going on assignment to Samarra, "near the Iraq border." But when points to the local on a globe, he points somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, thousands of miles from Iraq. See more »

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The War In Iraq
20 February 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

John Wayne and Don Barclay are a couple of daredevil and irreverent newsreel cameramen, as adept at driving their boss crazy as Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon were in Too Hot To Handle. They've drawn a lovely assignment, cover a war brewing in Iraq. A mysterious Red Shadow like leader named Maffadi is stirring up all kinds of problems with the British puppet government running things in Baghdad. Nobody even knows who this Maffadi character is.

In addition to his newsreel assignment, Wayne's got a romance brewing with Gwen Gaze the daughter of the British colonel Sam Harris. And a younger brother played by James Bush who wants to follow the Duke into the newsreel business.

Bush's eagerness to show up Wayne make him an easy mark for a couple of unscrupulous gunrunners who are arming Maffadi and his tribesmen. It's up to the Duke to straighten all things romantic, political and familial before the 68 minute running time of I Cover The War.

I Cover The War is done in the same tongue in cheek vein as MGM's Too Hard To Handle. It's not as good a film, on the other hand MGM spent a lot of money on their movie, far more than Universal did on I Cover The War.

Charles Brokaw who plays Maffadi is a clever and unscrupulous villain who comes pretty close to winning. It would be interesting what point of view a film like I Cover The War would take today.

I Cover The War is one of six films Wayne did with Universal in 1936-1937, none of them westerns, but all of them action films in an effort to broaden his casting potential. This is neither the best or the worst of them.


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