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Action in Arabia (1944)

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


(as Leonide Moguy)


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Complete credited cast:
Michael Gordon
Yvonne Danesco
Lenore Aubert ...
Mounirah al-Rashid
Josef Danesco
Robert Armstrong ...
Matthew Reed
Abdul El Rashid
Eric Latimer
André Charlot ...
Andre Leroux (as Andre Charlot)
Chakka - Arab Henchman at Airport
Robert Anderson ...
William Chalmers (as Robert Andersen)
Jamiel Hasson ...
Eben Kareem


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

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Release Date:

9 October 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Danger in Damascus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Chalmers and Gordon get off the plane, they overhear Leroux giving a different name than he used on the plane. They refer to a scene that was obviously cut out of the finished print. See more »


Matthew Reed: Officially I think you're crazy. Unofficially I'm off duty.
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wartime spy thriller
3 July 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Action in Arabia opens with an introduction by the narrator, while displaying a boundary map of Africa, europe, and the middle east as of 1944. Starring the dashing George Sanders (from All About Eve) and Gene Lockhart, we go running around Syria looking for those Nazi's during WW II. Also look for H B Warner (who had played the great "Chang" in Lost Horizon, and JC in "King of Kings"). There has to be a lovely lady at the center of these things, and here its Virginia Bruce playing Yvonne Danesco, the wife of a crooked gambler, at the very least. People start getting knocked off, and away we go! Because we're off in a far away land, and chasing spies, its quite exotic, but according to IMDb, its mostly all filmed in LA. Scoping out the cast list, apparently Bud Wiser played "the man"...... actually, the beer WAS first; it has been around since 1883! Directed by Russian turned Frenchman Leonide Moguy, this was only one of the three English speaking films he did between 1936 and 1961. With some arabic ,german, and french language thrown in, a fun war-time adventure.

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