Dark Streets of Cairo (1941)

59 mins | Drama | 28 February 1941

Director:

Leslie Kardos

Writer:

Alex Gottlieb

Cinematographer:

Elwood Bredell

Editor:

Paul Landres

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Streets of Cairo . According to a news item in HR , Katherine DeMille replaced Barbara O'Neil in the role of "Shari." Dark Streets of Cairo was the first feature film directed by Leslie ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Streets of Cairo . According to a news item in HR , Katherine DeMille replaced Barbara O'Neil in the role of "Shari." Dark Streets of Cairo was the first feature film directed by Leslie Kardos. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Dec 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 40
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Dec 40
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Dec 40
p. 43.
New York Times
2 Dec 40
p. 19.
Variety
4 Dec 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Gen mus dir
Mus dir
SOUND
[Sd] tech
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub wrt
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Streets of Cairo
Release Date:
28 February 1941
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 2 December 1940
Production Date:
early September--mid September 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
29 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10079
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6797
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Professor Wyndham, the head of an American archaelogical expedition in Cairo, is ready to sail for home after successfully uncovering the seven jewels of the seventh pharoah when he grants his assistants, Dennis Martin and Jerry Jones, a brief holiday in the ancient city. The professor's discovery prompts Abadi, a wily merchant and leader of a gang of thieves known as the "Secret Defenders," to plot to steal the jewels and sell them to Baron Stephens, a wealthy Swedish antique collector. Dennis sees Ellen, the baron's niece, in a Cairo marketplace and becomes infatuated with her. After some reluctance on her part, Dennis convinces Ellen to go to a nightclub with him and is shocked when she mentions that her uncle has come to Cairo in order to purchase the jewels. Returning to their hotel the next morning, Dennis and Jerry discover that the professor has been murdered and the jewels are missing, having been replaced by fakes. Accompanied by police inspector Joachim, the pair search for the baron and Ellen, but both the nightclub and hotel's employees deny even knowing Dennis and Jerry, let alone having heard of or seen the two missing Swedes. Later, Ahmed, a waiter at the nightclub, is arrested while trying to cash one of the baron's bank drafts. Ahmed is killed while trying to escape in Joachim's car, which explodes when a bomb planted by Abadi and intended for the police inspector goes off. A cigarette case found in Ahmed's pocket, however, contains a map of Cairo's underground aquaduct system that the Seven Defenders have been using as their hideout. Realizing that his old friend, Abadi, ... +


Professor Wyndham, the head of an American archaelogical expedition in Cairo, is ready to sail for home after successfully uncovering the seven jewels of the seventh pharoah when he grants his assistants, Dennis Martin and Jerry Jones, a brief holiday in the ancient city. The professor's discovery prompts Abadi, a wily merchant and leader of a gang of thieves known as the "Secret Defenders," to plot to steal the jewels and sell them to Baron Stephens, a wealthy Swedish antique collector. Dennis sees Ellen, the baron's niece, in a Cairo marketplace and becomes infatuated with her. After some reluctance on her part, Dennis convinces Ellen to go to a nightclub with him and is shocked when she mentions that her uncle has come to Cairo in order to purchase the jewels. Returning to their hotel the next morning, Dennis and Jerry discover that the professor has been murdered and the jewels are missing, having been replaced by fakes. Accompanied by police inspector Joachim, the pair search for the baron and Ellen, but both the nightclub and hotel's employees deny even knowing Dennis and Jerry, let alone having heard of or seen the two missing Swedes. Later, Ahmed, a waiter at the nightclub, is arrested while trying to cash one of the baron's bank drafts. Ahmed is killed while trying to escape in Joachim's car, which explodes when a bomb planted by Abadi and intended for the police inspector goes off. A cigarette case found in Ahmed's pocket, however, contains a map of Cairo's underground aquaduct system that the Seven Defenders have been using as their hideout. Realizing that his old friend, Abadi, is the gang's mastermind, Joachim enlists the aid of Shari, Abadi's wife and his secret lover. That night, she conceals Dennis in a mummy case in her husband's store, and Jerry and Joachim follow the tracks of Dennis' case to the secret passageway in Abadi's store, leading them into the gang's hideout, where the baron and Ellen are imprisoned. Abadi tries to escape, but is shot and killed by Joachim. Later, Shari agrees to marry Joachim while the baron and Ellen set sail for America with Dennis. +

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