Jeanette MacDonald
Director: W.S. Van Dyke Cast: Jeanette MacDonald
Jeanette MacDonald
, Robert Young
Robert Young
, Reginald Owen
Reginald Owen
W.S. Van Dyke

DVD (Full Frame)

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Written by real-life intelligence agent Ladislas Fodor, Cairo is both a spoof of espionage thrillers and a good-natured refutation of Jeanette MacDonald's established screen image (it was her last film on her MGM contract). MacDonald plays wisecracking movie star Marcia Warren, who while "between pictures" in London hires fellow American Homer Smith (Robert Young) as her butler. What Marcia doesn't know is that Smith is an American newspaperman, who strongly suspects that our heroine is a Nazi spy (the real enemy agent is played by Mona Barrie, who looks not at all like dear Marcia). All such misunderstandings are forgotten once the principal characters end up in Cairo, with Marcia and her maidservant Cleona (Ethel Waters) pitching in to help Smith break up an Axis espionage ring. There are "in jokes" aplenty in Cairo, ranging from Jeanette MacDonald's flippant reference to her 1936 film hit San Francisco to the "it's only a movie, folks" closing shot. The music isn't bad, either.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2012
UPC: 0883316616963
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 34,993

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Marcia Warren
Robert Young Homer Smith
Reginald Owen Philo Cobson
Grant Mitchell O.H.P. Boggs
Lionel Atwill Teutonic Gentleman
Eduardo Ciannelli Ahmed Ben Hassan
Mitchell Lewis Ludwig
Dooley Wilson Hector
Larry Nunn Bernie
Dennis Hoey Col. Woodhue
Mona Barrie Mrs. Morrison
Rhys Williams Strange Man
Cecil Cunningham Mme. Laruga
Harry Worth Bartender
Frank Richards Alfred
Ethel Waters Cleona Jones

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
Harold Arlen Songwriter
Alfred de Musset Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
L. Wolfe Gilbert Songwriter
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Songwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
John McClain Screenwriter
Lewis F. Muir Songwriter
James Newcom Editor
Arthur Schwartz Songwriter
George Stoll Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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