Cairo (1942)

Cairo (1942)

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In this film, Jeanette MacDonald plays wisecracking movie star Marcia Warren, who while "between pictures" in London hires fellow American Homer Smith 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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Runtime:
Studio:
MGM

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Cast

Jeanette MacDonald
as Marcia Warren
Ethel Waters
as Cleona Jones, Marcia's Maid
Robert Young
as Homer Smith
Reginald Owen
as Philo Cobson
Grant Mitchell
as O.H.P. Boggs
Lionel Atwill
as Teutonic Gentleman
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Ahmed Ben Hassan
Dooley Wilson
as Hector
Larry Nunn
as Bernie
Dennis Hoey
as Col. Woodhue
Mona Barrie
as Mrs. Morrison
Rhys Williams
as Strange Man
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. Laruga
Harry Worth
as Bartender
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Audience Reviews for Cairo

One of MGM's least-remembered musicals, supposedly a spoof of spy films; neither Jeanette MacDonald or Robert Young are well-served by the screenplay, although Ethel Waters gets a chance to shine singing "Buds Won't Bud."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Pleasant mix of spy caper and comedy stars a much more relaxed Jeanette MacDonald than was usually the case during her MGM years. Perhaps it was the freedom of not having Nelson Eddy bellowing in her face but she's loose and charming and has a fine chemistry with both Robert Young and Ethel Waters her two major scene partners. Jeanette and Ethel's differing singing styles offer a nice variety to the entertainment although why Ethel is Jeanette's maid and still has to sing in the big show is never explained. It doesn't really matter and her musical numbers are highly entertaining. There's also a funny bit where Jeanette sends up one of her biggest hits, San Francisco. One quibble: a good deal of the picture is very dark, hard to tell if it's intentional or the age of the film. Not a great film but an little known enjoyable gem.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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