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Action in Arabia (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 6 July 1944 (Mexico)
Reporter Michael Gordon uncovers intrigue in Damascus, where the Allies and Nazis struggle for control of Arab sympathies.

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(as Leonide Moguy)

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay) (as Herbert Biberman)
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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
André Charlot ...
Andre Leroux (as Andre Charlot)
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Chakka - Arab Henchman at Airport
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William Chalmers
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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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6 July 1944 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Danger in Damascus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Michael Gordon: [to Yvonne] The Oldest City in the World and here I am right in the middle of it suffering from the oldest emotion!
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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations in the score when the Free French Cross of Lorraine is shown
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" War is headed this way, it is in our hands to choose "
7 July 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the Arab world there is a saying that Allah grants wisdom but only the foolish ignore it. In this movie, The vast area of the Middle East is slowly being foolishly drawn into the second world war and both sides are doing their level best to secure the help of all the tribes. In this Philip MacDonald story George Sanders plays American News Correspondence Michael Gordon who arrives in Damacus with a colleague who is soon murdered. Directed by Leonide Moguy, our hero is unable to understand why. Because he is a newsman, Gordon is Keen to discover the reason. Unfortunately, the police and several interested officials wants him to leave on the next day's flight. In the meantime, he ties into the local network of Spys, counter spies and assassins, each with their own agenda towards their approaching war. This Black and White movie has all the traditional mystery and drama who with it's plethora of exciting cast members, such as Virginia Bruce, Gene Lockhart and Robert Armstrong makes for a great film. ****


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