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Action in Arabia (1944)

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

Director:

Léonide Moguy (as Leonide Moguy)

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (original screenplay), Herbert J. Biberman (original screenplay) (as Herbert Biberman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Michael Gordon
Virginia Bruce ... Yvonne Danesco
Lenore Aubert ... Mounirah al-Rashid
Gene Lockhart ... Josef Danesco
Robert Armstrong ... Matthew Reed
H.B. Warner ... Abdul El Rashid
Alan Napier ... Eric Latimer
André Charlot André Charlot ... Andre Leroux (as Andre Charlot)
Marcel Dalio ... Chakka - Arab Henchman at Airport
Robert Andersen ... William Chalmers
Jamiel Hasson ... Eben Kareem
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Storyline

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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Woman of Mystery. Land of Intrigue !


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

6 July 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger in Damascus See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story upon which this film is based (The Fanatic of Fez) was set in Algiers, but when headlines about World War ll shifted focus to Casablanca and Damascus, the locale was changed to make the setting more topical. See more »

Goofs

When Danesco (Gene Lockhart) is taken into the hotel owner's office, the two men who brought him there stand next to him on either side. Then when the owner had them frisk Danesco for cheating, the two men approach him from several steps away from behind. See more »

Quotes

Prefect of Police: [referring to the murder of Chalmers] Obviously a crime of passion.
Michael Gordon: [Sarcastically] With a tinge of politics perhaps.
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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Enjoyable.
28 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Reporter Michael Gordon (George Sanders) is passing through Damascus, Syria from an assignment. Another American reporter arrived along with Gordon...and soon this other reporter is discovered dead! Michael is determined to get to the bottom of whoever is responsible for his murder...and the trail soon heads to a pretty lady, some Nazis and even the chieftain of the Bedouin tribes! And, again and again, Michael slips in and out of one dangerous situation after another but you know he'll be okay, as he's the hero!

This is a decent film--mildly interesting but made even better by the lovely performance by George Sanders, who is, as usual, very smooth and engaging. Well worth seeing and a bit better than the typical wartime propaganda film.


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