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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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Complete credited cast:
Mike Canelli
Lorraine Beloyan
Basil Constantine
Guido Celano ...
Emile Touchard
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
Anthony La Penna ...
(as Leslie Daniels)
Richard McNamara ...
Agent Charles Stark
Franco Silva ...
Henri Vidon


"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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HE TOOK A DESPERATE CHANCE FOR A FORTUNE IN GOLD...and a Beautiful Woman! (original poster) See more »


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27 November 1953 (USA)  »

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

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''He Took A Desperate Chance For A Fortune In Gold-And A Beautiful Woman!''
14 May 2012 | by (Rohnert Park, CA) – See all my reviews

Well, that's the way this low-budget crime drama was promoted. Starring Screen Heavy George Raft (well past his prime) and filmed abroad in 1953, it was just an attempt by prolific B-movie producer Robert Lippert to exploit Raft's familiar name. Here, he is cast as a vacationer heading to Algeirs, for no reason in particular. There, he runs into considerable danger due to a case of mistaken identity. He is thought to be an agent investigating a gold theft that happened during the war. At times, it seems that almost everybody he runs into has had some connection to the robbery, (and most of them do) needlessly adding even more confusion to an already muddled plot. This is one film that needed all the exposition it could get, but, though details are hashed over endlessly, it doesn't make things any clearer. And though it was advertised as being ''filmed where it happened'', there isn't much of the expected exotic scenery. There are some sleazily authentic backgrounds, but little use is made of them. It might as well have been filmed in Idaho,for all the ''atmosphere'' it generates. This is a very claustrophobic looking production, which relies almost entirely on Raft's fast-fading charisma to keep it afloat. Sadly, he just doesn't make a very convincing hero (though he was a terrific villain) and he sounds as if he's imitating Humphrey Bogart. The rest of the cast is dubbed, including leading lady Gianna Maria Canale, who not only has no chemistry with Raft, but is almost twice his size, and moves like a robot. There is an early appearance by the great Greek actress Irene Papas,but she's wasted in a nothing role.Strangely, the movie retains enough interest to keep you watching to the end, but that's not saying much. And neither this film, nor the other Lippert quickies Raft did,generated any new interest in him. When this one reached the US, it landed on the bottom half of a double bill, supporting another Lippert production ''Sins Of Jezebel''. They are all available on DVD from VCI ENTERTAINMENT. And the transfers are better than the movies. That's pretty ironic-In most cases, it's usually the other way around. Incidentally, this one was advertised with one of the most striking posters a Lippert feature ever had. Too bad the advertising was superior to the product. Well, it's not as if THAT'S never happened before, time and time again...

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