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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.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Henri La Barthe (novel) (as Ashelbé), Henri La Barthe (scenario) (as Détective Julien Ashelbé) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tajanstveni Alžir See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,100, 3 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$153,936, 20 October 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paris Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (R.C.A. Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Pépé le Moko: Blame it on the Casbah.
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Connections

Remade as Algiers (1938) See more »

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Good, but no masterpiece
12 August 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

In 1937 France, thief Pepe Le Moko (Jean Gabin) is hiding out in the city's notorious Casbah district. One step out of it and he'll be sent to jail. He falls in love with a high class woman, Gaby (Mireille Balin) but he must leave the Casbah to be with her...and the police are closing in.

This is a good movie...at times a great one, but not the masterpiece I've heard it is. It drags at times and some of the subtitles read pretty stupidly. Also there's some truly ugly sexism on display. But, it's well directed by Julien Duvivier and Gabin was one hell of an actor. He's handsome, intelligent and full of charisma. In one great sequence, he's so happy that he's literally singing and you see how it affects everyone around him. Also Balin is beyond beautiful and Lucas Gridoux (as a sleazy detective) and Gilbert Gil are very good. And the ending is shattering and very moving.

So...it's a very good French film.

It's just been reissued in a beautiful new print (as of August 2002)...try to catch it.


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