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.
Cast: Charles Boyer
Director: John Cromwell
Master thief Pepe Le Moko has eluded jail by staying deep within the recesses of the Algerian Casbah where police won't pursue him. But when a beautiful European woman arrives and wins his love, his enforced captivity becomes oppressive.
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Remake of the French film "Pepe Le Moko" (1937), directed by Julien Duvivier, and starring Jean Gabin. According to Variety, producer Walter Wanger bought world rights to the film, and retired all prints of the French original before redoing it. The film was remade yet again, as "Casbah" -- but this time it included songs.
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