Action in Arabia (1944)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Spy Film, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 18, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Exiled from his own country during WW2, French filmmaker Leonide Moguy worked briefly in Hollywood, where he directed the patriotic thriller Action in Arabia. George Sanders stars as Gordon, an American newspaperman at large in Damascus. When a colleague is murdered, Sanders wants to find out why. He is helped along by glamourous secret agent Yvonne (Virginia Bruce), who is on the trail of a group of Nazi saboteurs. It turns out that the murder is tied in with a plan to destroy the Suez Canal in the name of Der Fuehrer. Though economically produced, Action in Arabia benefits from several rather spectacular-looking scenes of desert combat-most of these lifted from a never-finished 1933 filmed biography of Lawrence of Arabia.

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war, espionage, journalism, agent [representative], Arab, desert, Germany, Nazism