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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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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 17 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere took place 9 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), but it was not telecast in New York City until 27 December 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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

Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Lewis F. Muir
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Sung by Ethel Waters and Jeanette MacDonald in rehearsal
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Jeanette remains glamorous among a nest of spies
25 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pleasant mix of spy caper and comedy stars a much more relaxed Jeanette MacDonald than was usually the case during her MGM years. Perhaps it was the freedom of not having Nelson Eddy bellowing in her face but she's loose and charming and has a fine chemistry with both Robert Young and Ethel Waters her two major scene partners. Jeanette and Ethel's differing singing styles offer a nice variety to the entertainment although why Ethel is Jeanette's maid and still has to sing in the big show is never explained. It doesn't really matter and her musical numbers are terrific. There's also a funny bit where Jeanette sends up one of her biggest hits, San Francisco. One quibble: a good deal of the picture is very dark, hard to tell if it's intentional or the age of the film. Not a great film but a little known enjoyable gem.


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