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Cairo (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 17 August 1942 (USA)
Reporter Homer Smith accidently draws Marcia Warren into his mission to stop Nazis from bombing Allied Conwoys with robot-planes.

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(as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)

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(screen play), (based on an idea by)
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Homer Smith
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Cleona Jones
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Philo Cobson
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O.H.P. Boggs
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Teutonic Gentleman
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Ahmed Ben Hassan (as Edward Ciannelli)
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Ludwig
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Hector
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Bernie
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Colonrl Woodhue
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Mrs. Morrison
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Strange Man
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Mme. Laruga
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Bartender
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After the Cavity Rock, California Times Leader newspaper is chosen as America's typical small town newspaper, reporter Homer Smith gets to abroad and report on the war in a series of articles to be shared with other small-town newspapers. He has a number of adventures including having his ship sink while en route to Cairo. He meets another survivor, Philo Cobson, who gives him a message to deliver to a woman in Cairo - should he survive. He delivers the message but convinces himself that an American singer-actress, Marcia Warren, is a spy. She in turn believes he's the spy. Mistaken identities abound but it all works out in the end. Written by garykmcd

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Shadow of a Lady  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Jim Davis' first film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Homer Smith: Have you ever been in San Francisco?
Marcia Warren: Yes, once with Gable and Tracy and the joint fell apart!
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References San Francisco (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

To a Wild Rose
, No.1 from "Woodland Sketches, Op.51" (1896) (uncredited)
Music by Edward MacDowell
Lyrics by Herman Hagedorn
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and The King's Men in rehearsal
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Robert Young vs. Waters and Wilson
8 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This would be OK as a wartime musical, praying that ships get back to the harbours of Home. But Robert Young's character in infuriating. The gags, the pratfalls aren't funny, or they require the mindset of the Three Stooges. This is supposed to be an investigative reporter? Classy Jeanette MacDonald is supposed to fall for this goofball? But what saves the movie, as other have noted, is Ethel Waters. Sure, she's dressed as a maid until she gets to do a stage number. And Dooley Wilson, who watches that number, is dressed as an "A-rab." And of course there's nobody else they can pair up with. But they steal the show, and inspire even MacDonald to move her hips for a moment. Not Robert Young's character, still out of it.


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