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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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5 August 1938 (USA)  »

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Algier  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The allure of Hedy Lamarr, as well as the exotic location of the Casbah, was said to be two of the chief inspirations for Casablanca (1942). However, MGM refused to release Lamarr from her contract for the Warner Brothers film. See more »

Quotes

Gaby: It's late. I must go.
Pepe le Moko: Suppose you don't come tomorrow?
Gaby: Suppose I don't? Can't you ever get away from the Casbah?
Pepe le Moko: Why do you ask?
Gaby: Can't you?
Pepe le Moko: No. I'm caught here, like a bear in a hole. Dogs barking, hunters all around, no way out of it. Do you like that? Maybe it's lucky for you.
Gaby: I don't like it. And it's not lucky.
Pepe le Moko: You're right. If you don't come back, I might do anything. I might go down to your hotel to get you.
Gaby: Tomorrow, Pepe.
Pepe le Moko: Tomorrow?
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C'est la vie
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Ann Ronell
Performed by Charles Boyer
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a stunning film on many different levels
26 February 2006 | by (Flagstaff, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Algiers is stunning film on many different levels that carries an unusual originality for the time period. The romantic chemistry between Hedy Lamarr(Gaby) Charles Boyer(Pepe)is perhaps one of the movie's most fascinating and unusual aspects. But what really makes things shine is the brilliant black and white cinematography of James Wong Howe.

There are also many different one liners and camera shots in this film that have become famous over the years and it's fun just looking for things that you've heard or seen before. I'm not sure how much Warner Brother's cartoons based their stinky skunk (Pepe le Pew) on Charles Boyer's character Pepe le Moko but there has be some correlation.

Anyway, Algiers is a grand piece of entertainment well worth the watching.


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