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Action in Arabia (1944)

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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Company Credits

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

This film is essentially "RKO's answer to Casablanca," and was greeted as such in its initial release. Its higher-than-usual production values for an RKO picture are due in part to the enormous profits the studio was then enjoying from its most successful film of the World War ll era, Hitler's Children. In fact, halfway through production, this film's budget was nearly doubled to more than $200,000. 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

Michael Gordon: [gives the hand gesture] With all my heart, my speech, my thoughts.
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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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wartime spy thriller
3 July 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Action in Arabia opens with an introduction by the narrator, while displaying a boundary map of Africa, europe, and the middle east as of 1944. Starring the dashing George Sanders (from All About Eve) and Gene Lockhart, we go running around Syria looking for those Nazi's during WW II. Also look for H B Warner (who had played the great "Chang" in Lost Horizon, and JC in "King of Kings"). There has to be a lovely lady at the center of these things, and here its Virginia Bruce playing Yvonne Danesco, the wife of a crooked gambler, at the very least. People start getting knocked off, and away we go! Because we're off in a far away land, and chasing spies, its quite exotic, but according to IMDb, its mostly all filmed in LA. Scoping out the cast list, apparently Bud Wiser played "the man"...... actually, the beer WAS first; it has been around since 1883! Directed by Russian turned Frenchman Leonide Moguy, this was only one of the three English speaking films he did between 1936 and 1961. With some arabic ,german, and french language thrown in, a fun war-time adventure.


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