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Cairo (1942)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marcia Warren
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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
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Ahmed Ben Hassan (as Edward Ciannelli)
Mitchell Lewis ...
Ludwig
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Hector
Larry Nunn ...
Bernie
Dennis Hoey ...
Colonrl Woodhue
Mona Barrie ...
Mrs. Morrison
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Strange Man
Cecil Cunningham ...
Mme. Laruga
Harry Worth ...
Bartender
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Storyline

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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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

Cairo
(1942) (uncredited)
(also known as "The Moon Looks Down on Cairo")
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald (uncredited)
Reprised by her at the show, with a chorus
Played often as background music
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Too many musical numbers
3 February 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the story line and comic sequences in this spy-movie spoof. But, I was a bit wary knowing that Jeanette MacDonald was in the cast. I hoped that, for a change, she would give her voice a rest and just play the comedy. I was sure wrong. There are too many musical numbers in this film and, for me, they detracted from my enjoyment of the movie.

I guess there was no way that the producers of any movie with Ms. MacDonald in the cast would not utilize her voice. My fault, I should have known better. Oh, I almost forgot. Ethel Waters (she of the very big mouth) was also in the cast and, of course, sang a couple of songs.

If all of this sounds as if I don't like Musicals, you're absolutely correct. We all have our own individual tastes.


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