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 ...Read MoreThis 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. Hal Erickson, RoviRead Less
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Brand New 6. In John Cromwell's ALGIERS, based on the 1937 adaptation of Roger D'Ashelbe's popular French novel PEPE LE MOKO, a renowned thief has been hiding from police in the Casbah, the native quarter of Algiers, for more than two years. Inspectors Slimaine and Louvaine (Joseph Calleia and Walter Kinsgsford) see Pepe Le Moko (Charles Boyer) repeatedly, but until he strays outside the Casbah they are powerless to arrest him. Then a member of Pepe's inner circle, worried about his own safety, rats Pepe's hideout location to the police while simultaneously warning Pepe about the breach. Pepe and numerous bystanders, including attractive Gaby (Hedy Lamarr), are wounded as the band of thieves narrowly escapes the police. Gaby and Pepe begin to fall in love as the schemes to ensnare the master criminal grow deeper and more devious. This suspenseful romantic thriller, a Hollywood classic, features fine performances, a quality score, and excellent cinematography by James Wong Howe.
Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie, Joseph Calleia, Gene Lockhart. New in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 96 mins. Originally released: 1938. Tape has not been played, still in the original shrink wrap. Sleeve shows slight shelf wear. Cover on box shows Boyer and Lamarr in an embrace.
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