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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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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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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 !


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Trivia

George Sanders was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox and Lenore Aubert from Samuel Goldwyn Productions for this film. 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

William Chalmers: What is this, the Middle Ages?
Michael Gordon: No, the Middle East, but it sometimes comes to the same thing.
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Connections

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 thinker1691See 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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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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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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