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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from 1,614 votes
||Release: 5 August 1938 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance
||Director: John Cromwell,
||Stars: Alan Hale, Charles Boyer, Charles D. Brown, Gene Lockhart, Hedy Lamarr, Joan Woodbury, Johnny Downs, Joseph Calleia, Leonid Kinskey, Nina Koshetz, Paul Harvey, Robert Greig, Sigrid Gurie, Stanley Fields, Walter Kingsford
||Synopsis: Pepe Le Moko, a thief who escaped from France with a fortune in jewels, has for two years lived in, and virtually ruled, the mazelike, impenetrable Casbah, "native quarter" of Algiers. A French official insists that he be captured, but sly Inspector Slimane knows he need only bide his time. The suave Pepe increasingly regards his stronghold as also his prison, especially when he meets beautiful Parisian visitor Gaby, who reminds him of the boulevards to which he dare not return...and arouses the mad jealousy of Ines, his Algerian mistress. Written by Rod Crawford <[email protected]>
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"Algiers" is director John Cromwell's remake of the French film, "Pepe Le
Moko" which appeared only a year earlier. The Gallic flick starred Jean
Gabin, then and now one of the truly great actors to emerge from that
country. So Cromwell took a risk giving the lead role of jewel thief Pepe
to young actor Charles Boyer. The risk paid off - and continues to do so as
this fascinating prewar movie is readily available on budget-priced
Pepe is wanted in metropolitan France for stealing jewelry but not,
apparently, for any crimes of violence. He's hunkered down in Algiers's
famous "casbah," the native quarter whose name is evocative of mystery and,
of course, sensuality. Pepe seems to be a sort of Great White Crime Boss in
the native quarter where locals both protect and respect him. It's never
clear how he ascended to that height.
Pepe has a beautiful lover, Ines, played by the truly gorgeous Sigrid Gurie.
Legend has it that "Algiers" was to be the vehicle to propel this
Scandanavian actress to wide fame but in reality her film career was rather
short. The winner in this case, besides Boyer, was newcomer Hedy Lamar
whose role as Gaby is central to Pepe's loss of control over his small world
and, eventually, of himself.
Gaby arrives in Algiers engaged to a fat, vulgar borderline-loathsome older
man who clearly regards her as a trophy bought and paid for. Why she needed
this creep isn't clear. What is clear is her falling in love with Pepe who
abandons the devoted and clinging Ines for this right-off-the-boat hothouse
A Parisian police official is in Algiers (Algeria, a French colony for those
who don't know history) determined to collar Pepe. His forays into the
casbah meet with no success and quiet derision from both the locals and some
of the French police who understand that the casbah is honeycombed with
escape routes and populated with folks eager to thwart the gendarmerie. A
very interesting character is Inspector Slimane, Joseph Calleia. Amused by
the foolish antics of his superior, Slimane knows the casbah and in his own
way is determined to bring Pepe to justice. His mission isn't kept from
Pepe and the two have a cordial relationship with the cop telling the crook
that eventually he will be the cause of his own downfall.
Sarcastic, witty and observant, Slimane is an arresting character (pun
intended). It's not clear if he's a native gone over to the police or a
Frenchman who has jumped the reservation and found a more comfortable life
straddling two cultures. There's something almost Russian in his outlook
"Algiers" ends with a famous scene that while not at the level of the
closing moments of "Casablanca" nonetheless rightfully shares pride of place
with that all-time great movie.
Boyer is powerful in a role in which, through circumstances he could have
controlled but didn't, he slides into a mortal abyss.
A must-see movie for anyone interested in prewar films that reflect an
actually racist view of non-European life at once almost ridiculous but at
the same time dramatically engaging.
And let's not forget yesterday's lunacies: Cromwell, a director with many
films under his belt, was blacklisted through most of the 50s and his career
never rebounded from that extra-legal punishment for non-crimes.
Tags for Algiers Full Movie
, Charles Boyer
, Charles D. Brown
, Gene Lockhart
, Hedy Lamarr
, Joan Woodbury
, Johnny Downs
, Joseph Calleia
, Leonid Kinskey
, Nina Koshetz
, Paul Harvey
, Robert Greig
, Sigrid Gurie
, Stanley Fields
, Walter Kingsford
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