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Cairo (1942 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed byW. S. Van Dyke
Written byConcept:
Ladislas Fodor
Screenplay byJohn McClain
Produced byJoseph L. Mankiewicz (uncredited)
StarringJeanette MacDonald
Robert Young
CinematographyRay June
Edited byJames E. Newcom
Music byHerbert Stothart
Release date
  • August 17, 1942 (1942-08-17)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,197,000[1][2]

Cairo is a 1942 musical comedy film made by MGM and Loew's, and directed by W. S. Van Dyke. The screenplay was written by John McClain, based on an idea by Ladislas Fodor about a news reporter shipwrecked in a torpedo attack, who teams up with a Hollywood singer and her maid to foil Nazi spies. The music score is by Herbert Stothart. This film was Jeanette MacDonald's last film on her MGM contract.[3]

The film was poorly received upon its initial release.[4]

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American Homer Smith is the star reporter of a small newspaper, which is named the best small town newspaper in the country. As a reward for his contributions, he is sent to North Africa to report on the war. In the Mediterranean, however, his ship is sunk; he and one other survivor, Philo Cobson, make it to shore. Cobson reveals that he is a member of British Intelligence and asks Smith to give a coded message to a Mrs. Morrison in Cairo.

Mrs. Morrison tells him that motion picture star Marcia Warren is a Nazi spy. Smith, a big fan of Warren, has trouble believing it, but finds Warren's behavior suspect. He gets a job as her butler as Juniper Jones. Meanwhile, the innocent Warren begins to think that Smith is an enemy agent. Despite their mutual suspicions, they start to fall in love. Eventually, the real spies are unmasked: Cobson and Mrs. Morrison.



According to MGM records. the film earned $616,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $581,000 elsewhere, meaning the studio recorded a profit of $273,000.[2]


  1. ^ a b Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)
  2. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger." Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study (Los Angeles).
  3. ^ "Cairo (1942) - W.S. Van Dyke | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  4. ^ "Cairo (1942) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2018-03-14.

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