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Casbah (1948)

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

Director:

John Berry

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 Katherine Dunham ... Odette
Herbert Rudley ... Claude
Gene Walker Gene Walker ... Roland
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Maurice
Hans Schumm ... Willem (as Andre Pola)
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Max
Virginia Gregg ... Madeline
Will Lee ... Beggar
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casbah - Verbotene Gassen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marston Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 22, 1949 with Tony Martin reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Version of Algiers (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

What's Good About Goodbye
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Tony Martin
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Film Noir with songs
19 January 2006 | by B.J.See all my reviews

Pepe Le Moko is a great film role. Jean Gabin introduced the character to screen in the same named French Flick in 1937.

Charles Boyer brought the moody mobster to Hollywood's ALGIERS in 1938.

But in 1948, Tony Martin and director John Berry collaborated to create the most dramatic and entertaining version of the downfall of the exiled jewel thief in CASBAH.

Casbah is a film very alive with energy, style, suspense and romance. Brilliant casting; Tony Martin plays the suave thief with easy conviction and delivers the Harold Arlen songs skill, charm and gusto.

Marta Toren was arguably the most beautiful woman in films, prior to the arrival of Audrey Hepburn.

Peter Lorre...I can't believe how powerful his complex performance is as the dedicated policeman, committed to the capture of the thief who became also his friend.

Yvonne De Carlo, Douglas Dick, Katherine Dunham, acting, singing, dancing, love, passion, treachery...where is this great film on DVD? John Berry and Jules Dassin were contemporary artists and spirits. Their films even show a similarity of style and influence, possibly each upon the other.

They were also fingered as American Pinko Fellow Travelers right about this time and both moved to England. Dassin prevailed and prospered, probably with some initial support from Darryl F. Zanuck. Berry also prevailed, but without achieving anything like Dassin's level of success or recognition. Still, CASBAH, for my money is, value for value, the most under-acknowledged film out of Hollywood.


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