Cairo (1963)

91 mins | Drama | 29 January 1963

Director:

Wolf Rilla

Writer:

Joan Scott

Producer:

Ronald Kinnoch

Cinematographer:

Desmond Dickinson

Editor:

Bernard Gribble

Production Designers:

Ivan King, Maher Abdel Nour

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 7 Mar 1962 Var announced the start of production that month in Cairo, Egypt, known at the time as the United Arab Republic (UAR). The 8 Mar 1962 DV claimed it was the "first international film to be made in the English language in the Egyptian city." Production studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM) had already secured the cooperation of the Egyptian government. According to the 21 May 1962 DV, principal photography was still underway.
       Casting announcements included Jacques Sernas, Maria Canale, and Claudio Gora (6 Mar 1962 DV) ; and Salah Jaheen (14 May 1962 DV). The 9 May 1962 issue reported that the picture would feature a song with lyrics by Benita Hume and producer Ronald Kinnoch, and music by Greek composer Andre Ryder, who wrote the UAR's national anthem. Nine days later, DV stated that Ryder would also score the film.
       Cairo opened 13 Feb 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, double-billed with The Hook (1963, see entry). The 29 Jan 1963 DV described the film as "laden with cliches and riddled with holes." The picture opened two weeks earlier in San Francisco, CA, according to the 6 Feb 1963 Var.
       Although Joanne Court was given credit for the screenplay when the film was initially released, according to official WGA records, Court was a pseudonym for writer Joan Scott. The WGA changed the screenplay credit to read, "Screenplay by Joan Scott." The plot was loosely based on The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett. A previous ... More Less

The 7 Mar 1962 Var announced the start of production that month in Cairo, Egypt, known at the time as the United Arab Republic (UAR). The 8 Mar 1962 DV claimed it was the "first international film to be made in the English language in the Egyptian city." Production studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM) had already secured the cooperation of the Egyptian government. According to the 21 May 1962 DV, principal photography was still underway.
       Casting announcements included Jacques Sernas, Maria Canale, and Claudio Gora (6 Mar 1962 DV) ; and Salah Jaheen (14 May 1962 DV). The 9 May 1962 issue reported that the picture would feature a song with lyrics by Benita Hume and producer Ronald Kinnoch, and music by Greek composer Andre Ryder, who wrote the UAR's national anthem. Nine days later, DV stated that Ryder would also score the film.
       Cairo opened 13 Feb 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, double-billed with The Hook (1963, see entry). The 29 Jan 1963 DV described the film as "laden with cliches and riddled with holes." The picture opened two weeks earlier in San Francisco, CA, according to the 6 Feb 1963 Var.
       Although Joanne Court was given credit for the screenplay when the film was initially released, according to official WGA records, Court was a pseudonym for writer Joan Scott. The WGA changed the screenplay credit to read, "Screenplay by Joan Scott." The plot was loosely based on The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett. A previous film version by the same title was released in 1950 (see entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Mar 1962
p. 22.
Daily Variety
8 Mar 1962
p. 1.
Daily Variety
9 May 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
14 May 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
18 May 1962
p. 1.
Daily Variety
21 May 1962
p. 9.
Daily Variety
29 Jan 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
13 Feb 1963
Section D, p. 12.
Variety
7 Mar 1962
p. 21.
Variety
6 Feb 1963
p. 12.
Variety
20 Feb 1963
p.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
Dub rec
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Dial coach
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett (New York, 1949).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 January 1963
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 29 Jan 1963; Los Angeles opening: 13 Feb 1963
Production Date:
began Mar 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 January 1963
Copyright Number:
LP23692
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon his release from a German jail, Major Pickering goes to Egypt to rob the Cairo museum of ancient gems. Involved in the scheme are Nicodemus, a nightclub owner; Willy, an explosives expert; Ali, a drug addict in love with a dancer, Amina; and Kuchuk, a fence. During the robbery an alarm is accidentally triggered, and the police arrive. Although the gang escapes with the gems, the police track down Nicodemus and force him to provide information about the crime. Kuchuk kills himself rather than go to jail, Willy dies of wounds received during the escape, and Ali, also seriously wounded, expires in the arms of Amina. The major almost escapes with the gems but lingers to admire a belly dancer and is ... +


Upon his release from a German jail, Major Pickering goes to Egypt to rob the Cairo museum of ancient gems. Involved in the scheme are Nicodemus, a nightclub owner; Willy, an explosives expert; Ali, a drug addict in love with a dancer, Amina; and Kuchuk, a fence. During the robbery an alarm is accidentally triggered, and the police arrive. Although the gang escapes with the gems, the police track down Nicodemus and force him to provide information about the crime. Kuchuk kills himself rather than go to jail, Willy dies of wounds received during the escape, and Ali, also seriously wounded, expires in the arms of Amina. The major almost escapes with the gems but lingers to admire a belly dancer and is captured. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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