Reporter Michael Gordon uncovers intrigue in Damascus, where the Allies and Nazis struggle for control of Arab sympathies.

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Yvonne Danesco
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Mounirah al-Rashid
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Josef Danesco
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Matthew Reed
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Abdul El Rashid
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Eric Latimer
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Andre Leroux (as Andre Charlot)
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Chakka - Arab Henchman at Airport
Robert Anderson ...
William Chalmers (as Robert Andersen)
Jamiel Hasson ...
Eben Kareem
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Michael Gordon, star reporter with a nose for trouble, is heading home after completing a difficult assignment in Iraq. On a Damascus stopover he relays a tip to a fellow American newsman who subsequently ends up in a local camel market with a knife in his back. Even though everyone, including the American legation, seems to want Gordon to leave the country, he feels obliged to find his friend's murderer. Among the red herrings he must sort through in the "World's Oldest City" are an informing card cheat, a beautiful femme fatale, an enigmatic hotel owner, a Frenchman with two aliases, and several sinister Arabs. In short order, Gordon foils Nazi plots to unite the Arab tribes against the Allies and help the Germans seize the Suez Canal. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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9 October 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Danger in Damascus  »

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The opening sequence with a map showing North Africa imitates the opening of the previous year's Casablanca (1942) including utilizing Lou Marcelle as narrator. See more »

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Chakka - Arab Henchman at Airport: [to Chakka] What are you today? An undercover man out in the open?
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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Nice thriller
27 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Sanders experiences some "Action in Arabia" in this 1944 RKO film that also stars Virginia Bruce. Sanders is a reporter in Damascus who wants to find the killers of a fellow reporter. He uncovers a Nazi plot of the Germans attempting to turn the Arabs against the Allies.

It's not much, but there's some great action, and if you're a fan of George Sanders, he's at his elegant best in this, beautifully dressed and very smooth.

There are nice performances from an able supporting cast that includes Gene Lockhart, Alan Napier (that's Alfred the Butler on Batman), and H.B. Warner.

A small propaganda film, reminiscent in its way of Casablanca, but pleasant enough.


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