Cairo Road is a so-so thriller dealing with dope smugglers. Action moves slowly in the first half and much of the story is veiled so as to obscure the plot. However, it winds up with a meaty climax. Action takes place in Cairo, Port Said and along the Suez.

Cairo Road is a so-so thriller dealing with dope smugglers. Action moves slowly in the first half and much of the story is veiled so as to obscure the plot. However, it winds up with a meaty climax. Action takes place in Cairo, Port Said and along the Suez.

Principal characters are the chief of the Anti-Narcotic Bureau, suavely played by Eric Portman, and his impetuous assistant (Laurence Harvey). Police are investigating a murder which leads them to the trail of hashish peddlers. Capture of the two major criminals is the climax.

Apart from the principals, the most distinctive performance comes from Harold Lang, who plays a smuggler. New Egyptian star Camelia is a looker, but is given little chance in a small part. The only other femme role is played by Maria Mauban as the sweet and understanding wife of Harvey.

Cairo Road

UK

Production

ABPC/Mayflower. Director David Macdonald; Producer Aubrey Baring; Screenplay Robert Westerby; Camera Oswald Morris; Editor Peter Taylor; Music Robert Gill, Na'im al-Basri;; Art Director Duncan Sutherland

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Eric Portman Laurence Harvey Maria Mauban Camelia Karel Stepanek John Gregson
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