Cairo Road (film)

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Cairo Road
Directed by David MacDonald
Produced by Aubrey Baring
Written by Robert Westerby
Starring Laurence Harvey
Eric Portman
Maria Mauban
Harold Lang
Music by Robert Gill
Setton-Baring Mayflower
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé
Release dates
21 June 1950
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office ₤145,502 (UK)[1]

Cairo Road is a 1950 British crime film directed by David MacDonald and starring Laurence Harvey, Eric Portman, Maria Mauban, Harold Lang and John Gregson.


A team of Egyptian anti-narcotic agents try to prevent shipments of drugs crossing the southern Egyptian border.[2][3] The film takes its name from the Cairo Road.



The cast included Egyptian film star Camelia, who died in 1950 in a plane crash.[4]


The film received a reasonably positive review from The New York Times, who said called it a "unpretentious and consistently sensible little film... antidote. British restraint and taste not only have saved the day but succeeded in dignifying a battered subject... this routine picture has some sterling ingredients."[5] The critic from Variety said "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."[6]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p493
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  4. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS IN BRIEF OF NEWS OF WORLD.". The Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 5 September 1950. p. 3. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ New York Times review of the film accessed 26 January 2014
  6. ^ Review of Cairo Road in Variety

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