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Algiers (1938)

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

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Sigrid Gurie ...
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Gaby
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Grandpere
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Regis
Walter Kingsford ...
Louvain
Paul Harvey ...
Janvier
Stanley Fields ...
Carlos
Johnny Downs ...
Pierrot
Charles D. Brown ...
Max
Robert Greig ...
Andre Giraux
Leonid Kinskey ...
L'Arbi
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Aicha
Nina Koshetz ...
Tania (as Mme. Nina Koshetz)
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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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You've Got A Date With Danger, A Rendezvous With Romance In The Glamorous, Mysterious Algiers . . Make A Date Now !

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Algier  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The film entered the public domain in the USA in 1966, due to the claimants failing to renew its copyright registration 28 years after publication, so that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Slimane: When one can't use guns, one must work with brains.
Commissioner Janvier: I prefer guns!
Inspector Slimane: In your case, honest sir, such a preference is unavoidable.
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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 »

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Algiers
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Ann Ronell
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Clouded by intrigue, aglow with ill-starred romance
5 September 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film countless times on tv, usually in the 1 a.m. time slot. Am always fascinated by it somehow. There's such an authentic atmosphere of the locale, very suspicious characters, intrigue and suspense both indoors and on the streets.

The suave Charles Boyer (as Pepe, the thief) certainly grips one's attention while he becomes more mired in the plot as it unfolds. Hedy Lamarr lights up the screen with her glowing beauty, one forgets she's supposed to be acting, but is that important? Of course not. I can't imagine the story having her engaged to marry an elderly wide-girthed fellow; my goodness, for her anything's better than that! There's a youngish Leonid Kinskey also appearing as a supporting actor, along with reliable Alan Hale (formerly Robin Hood's buddy, more or less) and Gene Lockhart, whom I've never seen in such a serious role as this one.

It's a movie that stands the test of time.


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