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Algiers (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 5 August 1938 (USA)
Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), James M. Cain (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... Pepe le Moko
Sigrid Gurie ... Ines
Hedy Lamarr ... Gaby
Joseph Calleia ... Slimane
Alan Hale ... Grandpere
Gene Lockhart ... Regis
Walter Kingsford ... Louvain
Paul Harvey ... Janvier
Stanley Fields ... Carlos
Johnny Downs ... Pierrot
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Max
Robert Greig ... Andre Giraux
Leonid Kinskey ... L'Arbi
Joan Woodbury ... Aicha
Nina Koshetz Nina Koshetz ... Tania (as Mme. Nina Koshetz)
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Storyline

Pepe Le Moko, a thief who escaped from France with a fortune in jewels, has for two years lived in, and virtually ruled, the mazelike, impenetrable Casbah, "native quarter" of Algiers. A French official insists that he be captured, but sly Inspector Slimane knows he need only bide his time. The suave Pepe increasingly regards his stronghold as also his prison, especially when he meets beautiful Parisian visitor Gaby, who reminds him of the boulevards to which he dare not return...and arouses the mad jealousy of Ines, his Algerian mistress. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

You've Got A Date With Danger, A Rendezvous With Romance In The Glamorous, Mysterious Algiers . . Make A Date Now !

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algier See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main theme and the closing credits music are identical to those heard in Pépé le Moko (1937), of which this film is an extremely faithful remake, except for the way the story ends. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Commissioner Janvier: I'm not interested in hearing excuses about local conditions. No doubt there are local conditions. Here's a criminal who's exploits have made him notorious throughout Europe. He escaped from France with a fortune in jewels and for two years he's been living here in Algiers, within a stone's throw of your headquarters.
Louvain: As you say, Commissioner.
Commissioner Janvier: I'm here to settle this - and I want it done quickly.
Louvain: We've been trying to settle the case of Pepe le Moko for two years.
Commissioner Janvier: In Paris, we ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

When complete cast credits are listed at the start of a movie and at the end, there are usually no changes. In this movie, the end credits reverse the order of the last two credits: Bert Roach follows Ben Hall. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints have a different opening credits sequence, in which the credits are shown against a black background. See more »


Soundtracks

C'est la vie
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Ann Ronell
Performed by Charles Boyer
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Boyer and Lamarr trouble in paradise
24 September 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Satisfying, exotic American version of the French film "Pepe Le Moko" (which, I've heard, was distributed here in the U.S. under its French title, which means Pepe the Pimp, unbeknowest to the censors). Boyer leads the right star performance and Lamarr gets her ingenue role as the girl he loves but can't see outside of the Casbah. When the police try to arrest Pepe in the Casbah, he quickly disappears and they receive no cooperation from the locals. To lure him out of that district's confines, the cops set up a trap using the unknowing Lamarr as bait. their sad, brief romance ends, presumably, with his incarceration. Similar in plot, but not in tone, to contemporary "gangster" flicks.


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