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The Man from Cairo (1953)

Dramma nella Kasbah (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 November 1953 (USA)
"The Man from Cairo", a Michaeldavid production for distribution by Lippert, with Ray Enright the only credited director on the film print, finds Mike Canelli, the man from Cairo, nosing ... See full summary »

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Mike Canelli
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Lorraine Beloyan
Massimo Serato ...
Basil Constantine
Guido Celano ...
Emile Touchard
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Yvonne Lebeau
Alfredo Varelli ...
Prof. H. M. Crespi
Leonardo Scavino ...
Police Capt. Akhim Bey (as Leon Lenoir)
Mino Doro ...
Major C. Blanc
Angelo Dessy ...
Pock-marked Thug
Richard McNamara ...
Agent Charles Stark
Franco Silva ...
Armeno
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Anthony La Penna
Henri Vidon
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"The Man from Cairo", a Michaeldavid production for distribution by Lippert, with Ray Enright the only credited director on the film print, finds Mike Canelli, the man from Cairo, nosing around Algiers with mystery surrounding the people he meets and the things he does and has done to him, all deriving from the war-time theft of $100,000,000 in gold which lies somewhere in the adjacent desert. People representing many nationalities and reasons are also seeking the gold. It boils down to a battle between Canelli and the original looter aboard a speeding train. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Italian censorship visa # 14752 delivered on 31-7-1953. See more »

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George Raft gets caught up in machinations of gold thieves
5 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Man from Cairo" is a handsomely-filmed noir set in Algiers. $100 million worth of French gold was stolen in 1940 and now the thieves are bringing it in from a desert hiding place and leaking it back into the market on the sly. Raft is accidentally mistaken for an American detective (Richard McNamara), who is spending two weeks in Saudi Arabia establishing a cover. The detective was hired by French intelligence to follow up two leads in Algiers. One is a sergeant, another a general. Raft had met McNamara by chance on a layover in Cairo and learned a bit about his mission. He learns more when Algiers police question him as part of their routine. Raft was one of many American soldiers who spent some time in Algiers, which is why he's visiting and why he's being checked. At his hotel, Raft finds his luggage has been searched. He is understandably miffed.

Don't believe those who say that Raft cannot act or that he's impassive or that he walks through this or any role. Observe his eyes and voice when he's being questioned by the police. His eyes are flashing with subdued anger. When he realizes something big is afoot, his whole demeanor changes. When he finds his bag searched at his hotel, he flies into a rage and threatens to kill the bellhop in his room. Raft does not over-act, but he definitely reacts and conveys his emotions.

The sergeant (Guido Celano) knew Raft from the war, and he contacts Raft for a meeting, thinking he's an agent and in danger. Raft is being observed by gang operatives. When he goes to meet Celano, he accidentally barges in on Irene Papas, in a minor role, taking a bath. And, again, look at how Raft's face lights up when he sees her.

Celano is being tailed and knows he's marked for death. He makes a record of critical knowledge for his girl friend, Papas. Meanwhile, Raft has taken a drink in the room where he was supposed to meet Celano and has passed out after being drugged. Raft is contacted by what appears to be a French agent or may not be. When questioned, Raft acts as if he actually is the American detective, thereby assuming that identity in Hitchcockian fashion.

Thus is launched this rather complex story of intrigue, which opens out to involve a number of others, including Massimo Serato and Gianna Maria Canale. She's something of a proxy for a femme fatale, although she straddles the line and you can't be sure which way she'll fall. Mainly, she's been displaced by the war, saw poverty and now wants money and security.

This movie is a worthwhile b-noir. It can be seen in a restored print put out by VCI.


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