Pépé le Moko (1937)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  3 March 1941 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 4,473 users   Metascore: 98/100
Reviews: 41 user | 37 critic | 12 from Metacritic.com

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 ... See full summary »



(novel) (as Ashelbé) , (scenario) (as Détective Julien Ashelbé) , 3 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this classic adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, a tortured train engineer falls in love with a troubled married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Marguerite Moreno, Jacqueline Delubac
Le Million (1931)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Jean-Louis Allibert
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Danièle Delorme, Robert Arnoux
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Charles Vanel, Raymond Aimos
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Aged penniless actors are living in a old people's home. They always talk about their past glory or failures. One day Raphael Saint-Clair comes; he has been a famous actor and had a lot of ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Victor Francen, Michel Simon, Louis Jouvet
Hotel du Nord (1938)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin. They want to die together, but after having shooted at Renee, Pierre ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Gabrio ...
Saturnin Fabre ...
Le Grand Père
Fernand Charpin ...
Régis (as Charpin)
Lucas Gridoux ...
Gilbert Gil ...
Pierrot (as Gilbert-Gil)
L'Arbi (as Dalio)
Maxime (as Granval)
Gaston Modot ...
René Bergeron ...
Meunier (as Bergeron)
Paul Escoffier ...
Louvain (as Escoffier)
Roger Legris ...
Max (as Legris)
Jean Témerson ...
Gravère (as Temerson)
Robert Ozanne ...
Philippe Richard ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »





Release Date:

3 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algeri  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,100 (USA) (1 March 2002)


$153,936 (USA) (18 October 2002)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(R.C.A. Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


According to a BBC documentary, it served as inspiration for Graham Greene's acclaimed novel, The Third Man. See more »


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 »


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.
See more »


Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The greatest French director?
5 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Some will say Renoir.Some will say Carné.Some will say Clouzot.Some will say..yuk ..Godard..

I will say Duvivier.His career spans half a century,from the silent era to the sixties,full of detours and retreats.But when he broke through -and his epiphanies were many and various, (there are masterpieces all along his career;never until the very end he produced anything mediocre)he made brilliant films.

But those precious years just before WW2 were justly looked upon as the best French cinema that had ever been.And Duvivier was among the creme de la creme ,producing during this golden era a chef-d'oeuvre a year (la belle equipe:1936;la fin du jour:1939).But 1937 was Duvivier's year:he made not one but two classics :"un carnet de bal" and "Pepe le Moko" both rated four stars by Leonard Maltin.

"Pepe le Moko" 's screenplay is so simple it's a wonder Duvivier could make such a masterwork from such a script.More than the story itself,it's the atmosphere which matters ,and a bevy of colorful characters surrounding the hero,played by the director's favorite actor Jean Gabin :one often forgets that it's Duvivier who launched Gabin,the most famous French star of the era (and maybe of all time)in such works as "la bandera" (1935)and "la belle equipe" (1936).

"Pepe " takes place in Algiers ,in some kind of ghetto" la casbah" .the hero is a gangster who reigns in this underground world ,but we soon discover he is actually a prisoner:a cop,like a spider on its web, is waiting for him to leave his refuge to arrest him.Duvivier's camera work is dazzling ,using panoramic shots which depicts la casbah as a maze ;when Pepe finally leaves the place ,the background behind him becomes blurred ,then merges with the sea,the gate of freedom.More than a gangster story ,it's a tale of nostalgia.Pepe falls in love with a woman (Mireille Balin) "from the outside world" while talking with her about different places in Paris,ending with la place blanche where they both belong.There 's the harrowing sequence where a has-been chanteuse (Frehel) plays one of her records on a gramophone ,thinks of her glorious past,and sings the chorus with her youth's voice as her tears fall down.

There are also exciting film noir sequences:the informer (Charpin) ,more and more terrified ,as the room fills with men ready to kill him;his death against a player piano ;Pepe behind the gates in the harbor.All the final scenes had probably a strong influence on Carol Reed's "odd man out" (1947)

Remade as "Algiers" by John Cromwell(1938) ,Charles Boyer taking on Gabin's part.

25 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Inspector Slimane clivey6
What does 'Le Moko' mean? sabinacaterina
Pierrot's Fate MaryLouStalin
lenses / objectifs pour les images Renard-4
The Music Floater-7
Discuss Pépé le Moko (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: