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Pépé le Moko (1937)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1941 (USA)
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.

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Cast

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Gabriel Gabrio ...
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Le Grand Père
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Régis (as Charpin)
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Pierrot (as Gilbert-Gil)
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L'Arbi (as Dalio)
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Maxime (as Granval)
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Jimmy
René Bergeron ...
Meunier (as Bergeron)
Paul Escoffier ...
Louvain (as Escoffier)
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Max (as Legris)
Jean Témerson ...
Gravère (as Temerson)
Robert Ozanne ...
Gendron
Philippe Richard ...
Janvier
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Storyline

Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after two years in the Casbah. He meets a gorgeous Parisian tourist, Gaby, and they fall in love. Native inspector Slimane tries to use her to attract Pépé out of the Casbah in order to catch him. Written by Yepok

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The World's New Triumph!

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

3 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tajanstveni Alžir  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,880 (USA) (10 March 2002)

Gross:

$153,936 (USA) (20 October 2002)
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(R.C.A. Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

In a scene after Pierrot's death, Pepe is getting progressively drunker and his suit coat opens to reveal more of his shirt. His shirt has the monogram of "JG" on the pocket; clearly the monogram of the actor (Jean Gabin) and not the character. See more »

Quotes

Inès: [shouting to Pépé] Luck be with you, Pépé!
Gaby Gould: What an amazing fellow!
Inspecteur Slimane: Isn't he? I think it's over I'll take you back to your friends.
Gaby Gould: With pleasure, I lost my friends.
Inspecteur Slimane: They must have gone home... Isn't Pépé Le Moko amusing?
Gaby Gould: He's entering but you won't arrest him.
Inspecteur Slimane: I've written the date of his arrest on the wall where the sun shines.
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Referenced in Scent-imental Over You (1947) See more »

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The exotic origin of film noir
1 February 1999 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

Pepe le Moko marks a fundamental step in the aesthetic development of european cinema. It is also one of many great crime films of the thirties that is sadly overlooked in many critics top 100 lists.

Through it's lush sense of location and character Duvivier builds up a sweaty, exotic and complex picture of the underworld life of the Kasbah and the vast panorama of engagingly seedy characters especially Pepe le Moko, played with such effortlessly charismatic ease by Jean Gabin. But it is the rich claustrophobic atmosphere and the relentless pressure of the police that powers this film along to it's elegantly tragic conclusion. A masterpiece, and the clearest fore-runner to the whole film noir genre.


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