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Algiers (1938)

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

John Howard Lawson (screenplay), James M. Cain (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... Pepe le Moko
Sigrid Gurie ... Ines
Hedy Lamarr ... Gaby
Joseph Calleia ... Slimane
Alan Hale ... Grandpere
Gene Lockhart ... Regis
Walter Kingsford ... Louvain
Paul Harvey ... Janvier
Stanley Fields ... Carlos
Johnny Downs ... Pierrot
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Max
Robert Greig ... Andre Giraux
Leonid Kinskey ... L'Arbi
Joan Woodbury ... Aicha
Nina Koshetz Nina Koshetz ... Tania (as Mme. Nina Koshetz)
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Storyline

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 !

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algier See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Pepe le Moko: You're beautiful. That's easy to say. I know that other people have told you. But what I'm telling you is different, see? For to me you're more than that.
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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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Soundtracks

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 davidjaussiSee 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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