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Rommel ruft Kairo (1959)

In 1942 the Germans devised an operation to introduce in Egypt spies to provoke a rebellion against the British.


Wolfgang Schleif


John Eppler (novel), K.H. Turner | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Hoven ... Capt. Johannes Eppler, alias Hussein Gafaar
Elisabeth Müller ... Lt. Kay Morrison
Peter van Eyck ... Capt. Graf von Almassy
Paul Klinger ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Eman ... Amina (as Leila Iman)
Herbert Tiede Herbert Tiede ... Col. Robertson
Ernst Reinhold Ernst Reinhold ... Sandy
Wolf Ackva Wolf Ackva ... Maj. Smith
Til Kiwe ... Amis (as Til Kive)
Saliman Saliman ... Achmed (as Soliman)
Albert Hehn ... Lüdinghausen
Horst Uhse Horst Uhse ... Schmitz
Siegfried Dornbusch Siegfried Dornbusch ... Schulze
Gustl Weishappel Gustl Weishappel ... Gruber
Manfred Andrae Manfred Andrae ... Oberfeldwebel


In 1942 the Germans devised an operation to introduce in Egypt spies to provoke a rebellion against the British.

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West Germany



Release Date:

February 1959 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

L'espion du Caire See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Omega Film GmbH See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into Foxhole in Cairo (1960) See more »

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An Espionage Adventure
29 March 2019 | by White CloudSee all my reviews

Winston Churchill has called 1942 "Their Finest Hour." The film opens at Rommel's HQ in April of 1942. The Afrika Corps is near the peak of its conquests. Rommel has conquered Tobruk only to lose it. He wants it back. An espionage team is formed to flank British lines to the south through the deep desert, cutting east toward the Nile and then north to Cairo & British HQ. An espionage team of five vehicles is formed. Erratum: It contains a 1949/50 Ford Station Wagon. Oh well. A team of two spies makes it into Cairo, and begins making coded radio transmissions of intelligence to Afrika Corps HQ. Implicitly, this intelligence aided Rommel in retaking Tobruk in late June 1942. Then the plot thickens, of course. There is a "Mata Hari" in this film (certainly not Lt. Morrison). There is a special role for the ever-charming Elisabeth Müller as a British staff officer (Lt. Kay Morrison) in Cairo. The chief spy is a dashing Capt. Eppler (played by Adrian Hoven). Both women are attracted, one attached and one moderately interested. The moderately interested Lt. Morrison could be accused of fraternizing with the enemy, but is cleared. I found the golf scene (at a Cairo country club) vaguely humorous. This film is generally well done, entertaining, and not a combat film. The end is historically predictable, of course. The title could be translated "Rommel Telegraphs Cairo." The German word "ruft" refers, in this case, to the transmission of Morse Code messages back and fourth.

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