A Yank in Libya (July 24, 1942)

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A Yank in Libya
 

Released on July 24, 1942: A brash American reporter discovers a German plot to arm the Arabs in a revolt against the British in WWII Libya.

Directed by Albert Herman

The Actors: Walter Woolf King (Mike Malone), Joan Woodbury (Nancy Brooks-Graham), H.B. Warner (Herbert Forbes), Harry Parke ('Parky' Parkyarkarkus), Duncan Renaldo (Sheik David), George J. Lewis (Sheik Ibrahim), Wilhelm von Brincken (Yussof Streyer), Howard Banks (Phillip Graham, British Intelligence Service), Amarilla Morris (Haditha the dancer), Jack O'Shea (arab)

 
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The Menace from America

Winston Churchill, the legendary British Prime Minister during World War II once said, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." Ahhhh, those brash "Shoot first and ask questions later" Americans . . . . What is the only thing more dangerous than a brash, outspoken American reporter nosing into the British dealings with the Arab tribes of Libya? A brash American reporter along with a Brooklyn con-artist trying to sell razor blades to the bearded Arabs! And that Yank trying to sell razor blades in Libya . . . his name is Parkyarkarkus . . . say that fast a couple of times and you will get the meaning . . . and his real name is Harry Parke . . . and is 'Parky' Parkyarkarkus in this movie. I laughed so hard that I almost choked on my bowl of white kernel popcorn. Well, on to the story . . . It seems that a German businessman is supplying the Arab tribes with guns and ammunition and encouraging them to revolt and kill the British who are in Libya, and none of the British seem to know or care about this even when the Yank reporter brings proof of the German rifles. The British Consul and a British Intelligence officer try to keep the Yank from interfering in their affairs but reporter Mike Malone pushes ahead with his funny side-kick Parkyarkarkus. In the end it takes both the British calm and reserve along with the 'shoot fast and aim well' Yankees to keep the Arab tribes from killing the British.

Trivia note for Harry 'Parkyarkarkus' Parke: He was born Harry Einstein, and used Harry Parkyarkarkus as a stage name for many years. On November 24, 1958 Milton Berle was sitting next to Harry at the Friar's Club roast honoring Lucille Ball when he collapsed with a fatal heart attack in Milton Berle's lap. With a cool head Berle motioned to singer Tony Martin to sing something quick and divert attention from the dying Harry, and without thinking Martin started singing, "There's No Tomorrow."

Amarilla Morris dances in front of Wilhelm von Brincken and George J. Lewis
Amarilla Morris belly-dances in front of Wilhelm von Brincken and George J. Lewis
Amarilla Morris falls into the lap of Walter Woolf King
Amarilla Morris falls into the lap of Walter Woolf King
Duncan Renaldo and Joan Woodbury
Duncan Renaldo and Joan Woodbury
Duncan Renaldo as Sheik David
Duncan Renaldo as Sheik David
George J. Lewis as Sheik Ibrahim
George J. Lewis as Sheik Ibrahim
H.B. Warner and Walter Woolf King
H.B. Warner and Walter Woolf King
H.B. Warner as British Consul Herbert Forbes
H.B. Warner as British Consul Herbert Forbes
Harry Parke and Amarilla Morris
Harry Parke and Amarilla Morris
Amarilla Morris belly dances for Harry Parke and Walter Woolf King
Amarilla Morris belly dances for Harry Parke and Walter Woolf King
Harry Parke and Walter Woolf King in the nightclub
Harry Parke and Walter Woolf King in the nightclub
Harry Parke as 'Parky' Parkyarkarkus
Harry Parke as 'Parky' Parkyarkarkus
Howard Banks and Walter Woolf King
Howard Banks and Walter Woolf King
Howard Banks as Phillip Graham
Howard Banks as Phillip Graham
Howard Banks meets Walter Woolf King
Howard Banks meets Walter Woolf King
Joan Woodbury and Duncan Renaldo
Joan Woodbury and Duncan Renaldo
Joan Woodbury and Duncan Renaldo in A Yank in Libya
Joan Woodbury and Duncan Renaldo in A Yank in Libya
Joan Woodbury as Nancy Brooks-Graham in A Yank in Libya
Joan Woodbury as Nancy Brooks-Graham in A Yank in Libya
Joan Woodbury holds a gun on the reporter
Joan Woodbury holds a gun on the reporter
Walter Woolf King and H.B. Warner in A Yank in Libya
Walter Woolf King and H.B. Warner in A Yank in Libya
Walter Woolf King as American reporter Mike Malone
Walter Woolf King as American reporter Mike Malone
Wilhelm von Brincken, George J. Lewis and Duncan Renaldo
Wilhelm von Brincken, George J. Lewis and Duncan Renaldo
Wilhelm von Brincken and George J. Lewis
Wilhelm von Brincken and George J. Lewis
Wilhelm von Brincken and Howard Banks
Wilhelm von Brincken and Howard Banks
Wilhelm von Brincken as Yussof Streyer in A Yank in Libya
Wilhelm von Brincken as Yussof Streyer in A Yank in Libya
Wilhelm von Brinken aims his gun at Duncan Renaldo
Wilhelm von Brinken aims his gun at Duncan Renaldo