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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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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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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle 27 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Minneapolis Saturday 19 January 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Chicago Thursday 14 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Philadelphia Sunday 17 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 24 February 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 10 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), and by Baltimore 25 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13); 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 »

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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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Amusing "B" spy spoof
16 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Although not very funny, it does have its moments. Jeanette and Ethel are the classiest folks in this and one wishes the vehicle were more worthy as they are a great team, both vocally and in easy going comedy.

I won't go into the story line as it can be found elsewhere on this page. Robert Young tries valiantly, but is miscast. A light comedy actor with a penchant for bumbling or being a bit dumb, such as Ralph Bellamy or Fred MacMurray, may have been a better choice, although they were not under an MGM contract at the time.

The score, by Arlen and Harburg, is lackluster with the exception of the classic "Buds Won't Bud," which Ethel Waters does full justice to in what is for me the high point of the film.

Jeannette takes part in 6 numbers: Les Filles de Cadiz, The Waltz is Over, No Place Like Love, Avalon, Cairo, and a bizarre patriotic medley, including Keep The Light Burning Bright, Waiting For The Robert. E. Lee, Sky Blue Waters, Home Sweet Home and The Beautiful Ohio.

This is the sort of film that needed an Ernst Lubitsch at the helm to make it a frothy and fun spoof on espionage and mistaken identity. W. S. Van Dyke takes the script a bit too seriously and loses most of the comedic opportunities.

All in all, harmless fun with a splendid Jeanette and Ethel duo.


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