Adventure in Iraq

Adventure in Iraq is a 1943 American adventure film directed by D. Ross Lederman and starring John Loder, Ruth Ford, Warren Douglas and Paul Cavanagh. The film is based on the play The Green Goddess by William Archer.

Adventure in Iraq
Directed byD. Ross Lederman
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Written byGeorge Bilson
Based onthe play
by William Archer
StarringJohn Loder and Ruth Ford.
Music byHeinz Roemheld
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Edited byClarence Kolster
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 27, 1943 (1943-09-27)
CountryUnited States
Box office$147,000[1]


Three Americans in an airplane flying to Egypt crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he appears to be.



The film was made by Warner Brothers as a programmer. It was a remake of Archer's play The Green Goddess, updating the action to modern Iraq. It encountered strong objections from the OWI, who charged that its plot was unintentionally both anti-British and anti-Arab and was potentially offensive to America's ally and to neutral Arab countries. The film have already been granted an export licence, but pressure from the State Department overrode this. Consequently, it was the only Warners' film not to receive an overseas release during the 1940s.[2]


The film earned $147,000 domestically and did not earn anything outside the US because it was not released there.[1]


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 24 doi: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Glancy p.192-193


  • Glancy, H. Mark. When Hollywood Loved Britain: The Hollywood 'British' Film 1939-1945. Manchester University Press, 1999.
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