Cairo (1942 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (uncredited)
Written by Concept:
Ladislas Fodor
Screenplay by John McClain
Starring Jeanette MacDonald
Robert Young
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography Ray June
Edited by James E. Newcom
Release dates
August 17, 1942 (1942-08-17)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $924,000[1][2]
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]


Marcia Warren (Jeanette MacDonald), while "between pictures" in London hires an American reporter, Homer Smith (Robert Young) as her butler. What Marcia doesn't know is that Smith is an American newspaperman, who strongly suspects that she is a Nazi spy (the real enemy agent is Mrs. Morrison (Mona Barrie).



According to MGM records. the film earned $616,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $581,000 elsewhere, meaning the studio recorded a loss of $131,000.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Eddie Mannix Ledger." Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study (Los Angeles).

External links

Joseph L. Mankiewicz