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Adventure in Iraq (1943)

Approved | | Adventure | 27 September 1943 (USA)
Five Allied soldiers in an airplane flying to Egypt crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he appears to be.



(screenplay) (as George R. Bilson), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
George Torrence
Ruth Ford ...
Tess Torrence
Warren Douglas ...
Doug Everett
Sheik Ahmid Bel Nor
Barry Bernard ...
Peggy Carson ...
Timah Devins
Bill Crago ...
Air Force Capt. Carson
High Priest
Bill Edwards ...
Radio Operator
Iraqi Guard
Eugene Borden ...
Captain of Guards
Manuel López ...
Tall Priest in Courtyard


Five Allied soldiers in an airplane flying to Egypt crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he appears to be.

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Death and Danger in the Desert!




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27 September 1943 (USA)  »

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Adventures in Iraq  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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(1921). Stage Play: The Green Goddess. Melodrama. Written by William Archer. Directed by Winthrop Ames. Booth Theatre: 18 Jan 1921- Jun 1921 (closing date unknown/175 performances). Cast: George Arliss (as "The Raja of Rukh"), Ronald Colman (as "The Temple Priest") [Broadway debut], Cyril Keightley (as "Dr. Basil Traherne"), David A. Leonard (as "The High Priest"), Helen Nowell (as "An Ayah") [only Broadway role], Herbert Ransome (as "Lieut. Denis Cardew"), Ivan F. Simpson (as "Watkins"), Herbert Waring (as "Major Antony Crespin"), Olive Wyndham (as "Lucilla"). Produced by Winthrop Ames. Note: Filmed by Distinctive Productions [distributed by Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corporation] as The Green Goddess (1923), by Warner Bros/Vitaphone Corp. as The Green Goddess (1930), by RKO Vaudeville Circuit [distributed by RKO Radio Pictures] as The Green Goddess (1939) [short subject, directed by Orson Welles], and by Warner Bros. as Adventure in Iraq (1943). See more »


When the squadron of biplanes first arrives and the Captain Carson radios, "We're going in, proceed with flight plan," he is seated side-by-side with his copilot in what appears to be a calm environment. But the exterior shots of the planes show the planes have open-cockpit tandem seats, with the copilot seated behind the pilot. See more »


Version of The Green Goddess (1930) See more »

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Three Red Blooded Americans Take On Iraqi Devil Worshipers
8 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When their plane makes a forced landing in the wooded mountains of Iraq, three b-movie types find themselves at the mercy of a charming, but thoroughly evil Nazi-loving ruler of a population of Satan worshipers living in British-run Iraq. Will our two heroes and heroine survive to tell about their ADVENTURE IN IRAQ?

This lame-o remake of the entertaining George Arliss movie, The Green Goddess, can be enjoyed on a certain kinetic level, if one's sensibilities do not object to the depiction of Iraqis as being devoted to the worship of Satan, and one does not mind a hero who seems to believe that what most people need is a punch in the snout. The thing, like most Warners movies, is very briskly paced, which means that events can be silly or senseless, but they are rarely boring.

But, the problem is, there is not much to like in the leads (one guy is a drunk, for no particular reason, the other guy thinks he's John Wayne and Jimmy Cagney combined, and the gal is cute, competent, and forgettable). But the best illustration on what's gone wrong in this remake is the change in villain from first lead George Arliss (a genuine great actor) to fourth lead Paul Cavanagh (charisma free actor trying desperately not to yield to the ham acting the script cries for). Cavanagh gets plenty of screen time, but he comes across as someone trying to play Tod Slaughter playing a black-hearted Victorian villain, and not quite getting there.

So, one spends a lot of time while watching this film marveling on the insults being dispensed on the Iraqi people and Iraq from folks who clearly know little about it, and could care less. One could almost think some of those folks helped advise W in developing his foreign policy. Because the movie, and Bush's first four years of war have the same level of callous incompetence about it.

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