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A Yank in Libya (1942)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | War  -  24 July 1942 (USA)
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American correspondent Mike Malone uncovers a Nazi plot for an uprising of the Arab tribes in Lybia. Pursued by Sheik David and his men, Mike takes refuge in the suite of Nancy Brooks, who ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Walter Woolf King ...
Mike Malone
Nancy Brooks-Graham
Herbert Forbes
Harry Parke ...
'Parky' Parkyarkarkus (as Parkyarkarkus)
Duncan Renaldo ...
Sheik David
George J. Lewis ...
Sheik Ibrahim (as George Lewis)
Wilhelm von Brincken ...
Yussof Streyer (as William Vaughn)
Howard Banks ...
Phillip Graham
Amarilla Morris ...
Haditha the Dancer


American correspondent Mike Malone uncovers a Nazi plot for an uprising of the Arab tribes in Lybia. Pursued by Sheik David and his men, Mike takes refuge in the suite of Nancy Brooks, who is in the British Intelligence. He asks her to hide a gun and escapes through a window. Reporting the affair to British Consul Herbert Forbes, the latter tries to discourage him from further investigation, as the British are aware of the plot and are planning on staging a coup. He goes with Mike to Nancy's apartment, and she denies having ever seen him before. Sheik Ibrahim, next in command of the Arab tribe to Sheik David, is plotting with Nazi agent Yussof Streyer to kill David who is friendly with the British. Mike and Nancy have gone to David's camp, escape from Ibrahim's henchmen, and get back to El Moktar before the Arabs attack the garrison. Written by Les Adams <>

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An American go-getter and a gorgeous English girl stake their lives to foil the Nazis...white the British garrison waited for the onrush of the wild Arab hordes! (original poster) See more »


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24 July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I ribelli del Sahara  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A not bad poverty row film.
12 June 2004 | by (Huntington, WV) – See all my reviews

Although this film stars H.B. Warner, he is certainly not the central character, that role being fulfilled by Walter Woolf King, a little known actor, who portrays an American war correspondent who has unearthed a Nazi plot to foment a rebellion among the Arab tribes. In fact, Warner's part is rather minor. The story is pedestrian but the acting is good. There is not much big action, the only scenes promising it being at the end of the film, but, it doesn't come off. The chief of the attacking Arabs, making a sudden recovery from a Luger bullet at close range, prevents it. It turns out a small medallion on his chest stopped the bullet!

Neither Leonard Maltin nor Martin and Porter list this film in their filmograhies. I got it on DVD in a budget set of eight "War Classics". The plot of a Nazi conspiracy to foment a revolt of the Arab tribes in Libya is the nearest it gets to WWII. The sheik is played by Duncan Renaldo, perhaps better known as the Cisco Kid both in film and on TV. The Arab villain is portrayed by the prolific George J. Lewis with whom any fan of serials would be familiar, being a stock villain in that genre. He only appeared in about 260 films! Some comic relief is supplied by Parkyakarkas posing as an Arab selling razor blades!

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