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I Cover the War! (1937)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 4 July 1937 (USA)
Newsreel cameraman Bob Adams heads to North Africa to cover an Arab uprising against the British. When he refuses to help his younger brother become a cameraman, Don becomes the dupe of less savory types posing in the trade.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

George Waggner (screenplay), Bernard McConville (original story idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Bob Adams
Gwen Gaze ... Pamela Armitage
Don Barclay ... Elmer Davis
Charles Brokaw ... El Kadar / Muffadhi
James Bush ... Don Adams
Pat Somerset ... Captain Archie Culvert
Richard Tucker ... Army Officer
Sam Harris Sam Harris ... Colonel Hugh Armitage (as Major Sam Harris)
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Sir Herbert
Arthur Aylesworth ... Logan
Frank Lackteen ... Mustapha
Franklin Parker Franklin Parker ... Parker (as Franklyn Parker)
Keith Hitchcock Keith Hitchcock ... Sergeant Major (as Keith Kennedy)
Abdulla Abdulla ... Abdul
John Mack John Mack ... Graham (as Jack Mack)
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Storyline

Bob Adams, ace newsreel cameraman, is told by his boss, "Get the picture---we can't screen alibis." He heads for Samari, a desert hot-bed of tribal unrest in Africa, to do just that, which includes getting footage of El Kadar, bandit and rebel leader. He gets his pictures but only after a romance with the Colonel's daughter Pamela, saving his wimpy, hacked-off brother Don from being a dupe of the gun-runners, and run-ins with spies and throat-cutting tribesman. For a finale, he saves the British Army. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Shrieking maniacs who were raiding natives...deadly bullets and pitched battle...white sand that ran red --- See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabische machten See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Actor Don Barclay's name is misspelled in the cast credits as "Don Barkley". See more »

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Featured in Raiders of the Desert (1941) See more »

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12 July 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Before Stagecoach turned John Wayne into a celebrated wooden actor, he was a an ordinary uncelebrated wooden actor in a series of odd projects. Probably the most interesting of these odd deals is this movie. It doesn't seem to be rentable.

In terms of the actual production, its the standard mess, made a bit worse by the fact that you have to portray war and Arabs. There's lots of fun in it though. Wayne is a dummy and there's less wrapping on that. The setup has to do with Brits and Arabs and has plenty of stuff to chew on: occupation, resistance, duped natives, gunrunning, subterfuge... all things that resonate differently now.

But what interests me is the folding. It was a great adventure of the industry to discover different means to write themselves and the viewers into the film. All sorts of different things: writers in the story, actors, filmmakers, con men. One of the most interesting to me is the newsroom center, something that has energy that we have in no other place today.

A cool slant on that was the newsreel crew. More dangerous, more relevant to the folding notion. Here, Wayne's character is making movies that are fresh and dangerous. There capturing of the images is folded into the drama of the story — no matter that the story is trite.

Its a curiosity that to me is more interesting than any of the celebrated Wayne movies.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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