A Yank in Libya (July 24, 1942)
Released on July 24, 1942: (running time 66 minutes) 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
Written by Arthur St. Claire and Sherman L. Lowe
The Actors: H.B. Warner (Herbert Forbes, British Consul), Walter Woolf King (Mike Malone, American News Correspondent), Joan Woodbury (Nancy Brooks-Graham), Harry Parke ('Parky' Parkyarkarkus, horse thief), Duncan Renaldo (Sheik David Mustafa Ali Benmali), George J. Lewis (Sheik Ibrahim), Wilhelm von Brincken (Yussof Streyer, gunrunner), Howard Banks (Phillip Graham, British Intelligence Service), Amarilla Morris (Haditha the dancer), Jack O'Shea (Arab)
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The Menace from America and the Mysterious Seductress
In 1940 Hitler attacked Denmark, Norway, Holland, and Belgium. British Prime Minister Chamberlain resigns, and Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister, promising to help fight Hitler’s attacks. Beginning on September 7, 1940, London is bombed every night in attacks known as “The Blitz.” In 1941 Italy joins the Nazi’s and attack Yugoslavia. Here in the States the Yanks were still watching but not helping with the war in Europe.
On Sunday September 29, 1941, movie star Joan Woodbury gave her mother the gift of a new apartment building. A couple of months later, on December 7, 1941, a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor suddenly brought the U.S. to war, both in the Pacific, and with the British in Europe.
On that Sunday in 1941, I think that Joan Woodbury understood that all able-bodied men would soon be leaving their homes and families to fight in the largest war the world had ever seen. Before darkness fell on that day of infamy, Joan Woodbury decided to give every family with young children in the apartment building a free month’s rent.
Winston Churchill, the legendary British Prime Minister during World War Two 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.
Our story begins in 1942, and war is all around the North African country of Libya. Joan Woodbury is a mysterious woman living in Libya who is being courted by an Arab Sheik, and by a young British officer.
In addition to a brash Yank newspaper reporter trying to convince the Brits that the tribesmen are preparing for war, there is a Yank from Brooklyn trying to sell buttons and razor blades, played by actor Harry Parkyarkarkus. Repeat that last name quickly a couple of times and you will get the meaning. Harry ‘Parkyarkarkus’ Parke was born Harry Einstein but used Parkyarkarkus as a stage name for many years.
On November 24, 1958 Milton Berle parked his carcass next to Harry at a Friar’s Club roast honoring Lucille Ball when Harry collapsed with a fatal heart attack into Milton Berle’s lap. With a cool head Berle motioned to singer Tony Martin to begin singing something quickly to divert attention from the dying actor. Without thinking, Tony Martin stood up, went to the microphone and started singing, “There's No Tomorrow.”
Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Amarilla Morris, Wilhelm von Brincken, George J. Lewis
Duncan Renaldo, George J. Lewis
Duncan Renaldo, Joan Woodbury
George J. Lewis
H.B. Warner, Duncan Renaldo
Harry 'Parkyarkarkus' Parke
Harry Parke, Amarilla Morris
Harry Parke, Walter Woolf King
Howard Banks, Walter Woolf King
Joan Woodbury, Duncan Renaldo
Walter Woolf King
Walter Woolf King, H.B. Warner
Walter Woolf King, Howard Banks
Wilhelm von Brinken
Wilhelm von Brinken, George J. Lewis
Wilhelm von Brinken, Howard Banks