Algiers

Algiers

Director: John Cromwell Cast: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie

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Overview

This Hollywood remake of the French Pepe le Moko adheres so slavishly to its source that it utilizes stock footage from the original film, and even picked its actors on the basis of their resemblance to the French cast. Contrary to legend, star Charles Boyer never says "Come wizz me to zee Casbah"; as master criminal Pepe le Moko, he's already in the Casbah, a crook-controlled safe harbor which protects Pepe from the French authorities. Pepe's friendly enemy, police inspector Joseph Calleia, treats his pursuit of Pepe like a chess game, patiently waiting for his opponent to make that one wrong move. The ever-careful Pepe has the misfortune to fall hopelessly in love with tourist Hedy Lamarr (in her first American film). A combination of events, including the betrayal of Pepe by his castaway lover Sigrid Gurie and Hedy's tearful return to her ship when she is misinformed that Pepe is killed, lures the hero/villain into the open. Arrested by Calleia, Pepe begs for one last glance at his departing sweetheart. At this point in the French version, Pepe cheated the hangman by killing himself; this would never do in Production Code-dominated Hollywood, so Algiers contrives to have Pepe shot while trying to escape. Algiers was remade in 1948 as a musical, Casbah, starring Tony Martin.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827141326
Original Release: 1938
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 10,496

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Boyer Pepe le Moko
Hedy Lamarr Gaby (Gabrielle)
Sigrid Gurie Ines
Joseph Calleia Inspector Slimane
Gene Lockhart Regis
Johnny Downs Pierrot
Joan Woodbury Aicha
Claudia Dell Marie Bertier
Robert Greig Giroux
Charles D. Brown Max
Ben Hall Gil
Armand Kaliz Sergeant
Leonid Kinskey L'Arbi
Walter Kingsford Inspector Louvain
Paul Harvey Commissioner Janvier
Bert Roach Maxim Bertier
Luana Walters Native Waitress
Gino Corrado Detective
Stanley Fields Carlos
Nina Koshetz Tania
Alan Hale Grandpere

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Muhammed Ygner Buchen Score Composer
James M. Cain Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
John Howard Lawson Screenwriter
Otho Lovering Editor
William H. Reynolds Editor
Vincent Scotto Score Composer
Alexander Toluboff Art Director
Walter Wanger Producer

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Algiers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RCinNYC More than 1 year ago
This has always been my favorite classic "film", with the very sexy Charles Boyer, and the beautiful Hedy LaMarr. This was LaMarr's first film in Hollywood, although she had made many films in Germany. She seems a little cool, but that fits in with the story. Boyer, on the other hand, is warm, charismatic and his normal, always sexy Frenchman. If you love the old classics, especially black and white films of the 30's, you'll love this one. This was actually made before Casablanca, and it seems that film picked up where this one left off. The ending is sad, but appropriate to the story. Many of the actors in "Algiers" went on to become popular character actors in the films of the 40's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film that fans of Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr are sure to enjoy! It's all about an underground criminal leader named Pepe Le Moko (Charles Boyer) who resides in the Casbah district of Algiers. He becomes attracted to a wealthy young girl (Hedy Lamarr) who is visiting from Paris. This is a terrific film that fans of classic films will enjoy. It's worth it just to watch Charles Boyer and the beautiful Hedy Lamarr.