I Cover the War


1h 8m 1937

Brief Synopsis

Bob Adams (John Wayne), ace newsreel cameraman, is told by his boss, "Get the picture---we can't screen alibis." He heads for Samari, a desert hot-bed of tribal unrest in Africa, to do just that, which includes getting footage of El Kadar (Charles Brokaw), bandit and rebel leader. He gets his pictures but only after a romance with the Colonel's daughter Pamela (Gwen Gaze), saving his wimpy, hacked-off brother Don (James Bush) from being a dupe of the gun-runners, and run-ins with spies and throat-cutting tribesman. For a finale, he saves the British Army. Made during the two-year period when Universal became "The NEW Universal" but still looked like the old Universal. FYI to source that thinks actor Jack Mack is the same actor as musician/western actor Taylor Curtis McPeters, AKA Cactus Mack; He ain't. Not even close.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 4, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

In London, Bob Adams and Elmer "Slug" Davis, successful newsreel men, are assigned by Atlas Newsreel to the British protectorate of Samari near the Iraq border to photograph the legendary and elusive Arab leader Muffadhi. With the help of his pet monkey, "Wide Angle," Bob meets Pamela Howard on the airplane to Damascus. She is traveling to Samari to stay with her uncle, Colonel Hugh Armitage, and her fiancé, Captain Archie Calvert. Bob's younger brother Don also arrives in Damascus, having quit medical school to become a newsreel man. Bob is disappointed by Don's decision, and they argue. When Archie is sent on an important mission, Bob follows him, eluding the other local newsreel men. Archie, however, confiscates Bob's film and tries to take the passes of all the reporters, but Bob sneaks out before losing his. Phillips, the head of Atlas' London office, wires Bob to give Don a job. Before learning of this, Don helps Graham and Parker, gunrunners who are masquerading as newsreel men, reach Muffadhi's camp by stealing Bob's pass. During a moonlight walk, the romance between Pamela and Bob becomes serious, and Archie sadly ends the engagement. Archie informs Bob that because of Don's actions the previous night, he is suspected of gunrunning. Later, Bob finds a microphone planted in his room that leads to a local innkeeper. Archie's men find Graham and Parker dead; without passes, they were no longer useful to Muffadhi's men. The innkeeper lures Bob and Elmer to an Arab camp, where he reveals that he is Muffadhi. Muffadhi announces his plans to attack the English and allows himself to be photographed. After the revolutionaries have left camp, Bob and Elmer escape in their sound truck and are wounded during a harrowing drive through the desert. They arrive back in Samari half dead. Phillips is waiting for them and immediately develops their film, which contains Bob's warning of the peril awaiting the British. The troops are besieged in the rocks by Muffadhi's men, but as Muffadhi charges, airplanes bomb the Arabs and kill Muffadhi. Elmer, Don, Pamela and Phillips are happily reunited in the hospital where Bob is recovering from his wounds.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 4, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on May 7, 1937, with only one day of shooting left, the production for this film was resumed after a two-week lag caused by the absence of Gwen Gaze, who was in a car accident.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1937

Released in United States 1937