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Casbah (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Musical | April 1948 (USA)
The life, Loves and Adventures of a classic Casbah thief.


John Berry


Leslie Bush-Fekete (screenplay) (as L. Bush-Fekete), Arnold Manoff (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Inez (as Yvonne DeCarlo)
Tony Martin ... Pepe Le Moko
Peter Lorre ... Slimane
Märta Torén ... Gaby (as Marta Toren)
Hugo Haas ... Omar
Thomas Gomez ... Louvain
Douglas Dick ... Carlo
Katherine Dunham ... Odette
Herbert Rudley ... Claude
Gene Walker Gene Walker ... Roland
Curt Conway ... Maurice
Hans Schumm ... Willem (as Andre Pola)
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Max
Virginia Gregg ... Madeline
Will Lee ... Beggar


Pepe Le Moko leads a gang of jewel thieves in the Casbah of Algiers, where he has exiled himself to escape imprisonment in his native France. Inez, his girl friend, is infuriated when Pepe flirts with Gaby, a French visitor, but Pepe tells her to mind her own business. Detective Slimane is trying to lure Pepe out of the Casbah so he can be jailed. Against Slimane's advice, Police Chief Louvain capture Pepe in a dragnet, but his followers free him. Inez realizes that Pepe has fallen in love with Gaby and intends to follow her to Europe. Slimane knows the same and uses her as the bait to lure Pepe out of the Casbah. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Musical


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Did You Know?


Film debut of Eartha Kitt. See more »


Version of Pépé le Moko (1937) See more »


For Every Man There's a Woman
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Tony Martin
also sung by Yvonne De Carlo
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A musical film noir
9 September 2000 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

If you don't recall seeing this featured in any of the "That's Entertainment" anthologies, it's because this black-and-white postwar romance with songs is considerably darker and more sophisticated than the usual Hollywood musical. A considerable improvement over the 1938 Americanization of "Pepe Le Moko," the logy Charles Boyer vehicle "Algiers," this not only integrates a few well-chosen musical numbers featuring Martin, Yvonne de Carlo and the Katherine Dunham Dancers into the old story, but adds a refreshing note of humor and playfulness. Martin isn't bad at all as the surly, sexy gangster Pepe, who was always one-dimensional anyway. Peter Lorre is the dream Slimane that he should have played ten years earlier in the Boyer film (though Lorre's often credited as being in "Algiers," it was actually Joseph Calleia who played Slimane in that film), and Marta Toren's bittersweet siren is seductively reminiscent of Valli in "The Third Man."

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Release Date:

April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casbah See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marston Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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