Adventure in Iraq

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Adventure in Iraq
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Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Written by George Bilson
Based on The Green Goddess
by William Archer
Produced by William Jacobs
Starring John Loder and Ruth Ford.
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Clarence Kolster
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • September 27, 1943 (1943-09-27)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$130,000 [1]
Box office$147,000 [1]

Adventure in Iraq is a 1943 American adventure film directed by D. Ross Lederman and starring John Loder, Ruth Ford, Warren Douglas and Paul Cavanagh. The film is based on the 1921 play The Green Goddess by William Archer.

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Plot

Three Americans flying a small plane to Cairo, Egypt, are forced by engine failure to land in Iraq and are taken prisoner by an Arab chieftain.

Cast

Production

The film was made by Warner Brothers as a programmer. It was a remake of Archer's play The Green Goddess, updating the action to modern Iraq. It encountered strong objections from the OWI, who charged that its plot was unintentionally both anti-British and anti-Arab and was potentially offensive to America's ally and to neutral Arab countries. The film was already granted an export licence, but pressure from the State Department overrode this. Consequently, it was the only Warners' film not to receive an overseas release during the 1940s. [2]

Reception

The film earned $147,000 domestically and did not earn anything outside the US because it was not released there. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 24 doi:10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Glancy p.192-193

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