|I COVER THE WAR (director: Arthur Lubin; screenwriters: George Waggner/story by Bernard McConville; cinematographers: Stanley Cortez/Harry Newman; editor: Charles Craft/Erma Horsley; music: Charles Previn; cast: John Wayne (Bob Adams), Gwen Gaze (Pamela Armitage), Don Barclay (Elmer Davis), James Bush (Don Adams), Charles Brokaw (Muffadhi), Franklyn Parker (Parker), Jack Mack (Graham), Sam Harris (Colonel Hugh Armitage), Pat Somerset (Captain Archie Calvert), Olaf Hytten (Sir Herbert); Runtime: 68; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Tremm Carr; Universal; 1937-UK)|
|"It's a B
film that gets by with some good action
by Dennis Schwartz
Lubin ("The Thief of Baghdad"/"Hold That
Ghost"/"The Incredible Mr. Limpet")
effectively directs this low-budget war story set in
North Africa. The Arabs revolt against English rule in
their protectorate of Samari. In
London, the experienced American newsreel cameramen
Bob Adams (John Wayne) and Elmer
"Slug" Davis (Don Barclay) are
assigned by Atlas Newsreel to cover the story
and get photos of the Arab's elusive leader Muffadhi
meets Pamela (Gwen Gaze) at the Damascus airport, her
uncle, Colonel Hugh Armitage (Sam Harris),
and her fiancé, Captain Archie Calvert (Pat Somerset).
Bob's nerdy younger brother Don ( James Bush) also
arrives. He just quit medical school and seeks work
with the newsreel company, which is something Bob
believes is a mistake.
goofs things up by showing his inexperience and
allowing two gunrunners (Jack Mack & Franklyn
Parker) to use the press pass Don stole from Bob
to reach Muffadhi's camp. Meanwhile Bob takes a
romantic walk with Pamela. Because of Don's rash act,
Bob is suspect as a gunrunner. The action picks up
when the gunrunners are killed by Muffadhi,
and Bob and Elmer must escape confinement by Muffadhi
to warn the Brits of an attack.
REVIEWED ON 1/29/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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