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Cairo (1942)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marcia Warren
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Homer Smith, aka Juniper Jones
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Cleona Jones, Marcia's Maid
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Philo Cobson
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Mr. 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 ...
Col. Woodhue
Mona Barrie ...
Mrs. Morrison
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Strange Man
Cecil Cunningham ...
Mme. Laruga
Harry Worth ...
Viceroy Hotel 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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M-G-M's BIG ROMANCE WITH MUSIC! (original print media ad - mostly caps) See more »


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17 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shadow of a Lady  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Connections

References San Francisco (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Cairo
(1942)
(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
Reprised by her at the show, with a chorus
Played often as background music
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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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