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This Hollywood remake of the French [[Feature~V37686~Pepe le Moko~pépélemoko]] 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 [[Performer~P7830~Charles Boyer~charlesboyer]] 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 [[Performer~P10308~Joseph Calleia~josephcalleia]], 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 [[Performer~P40114~Hedy Lamarr~hedylamarr]] (in her first American film). A combination of events, including the betrayal of Pepe by his castaway lover [[Performer~P29301~Sigrid Gurie~sigridgurie]] 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, [[Feature~V86767~Casbah,~casbah]] starring [[Performer~P402852~Tony Martin~tonymartin]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 13, 1938

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Boyer Best Actor 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gene Lockhart Best Supporting Actor 1938 Nominee
National Board of Review Joseph Calleia Best Acting 1938 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Wong Howe Best Cinematography 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexander Toluboff Best Art Direction 1938 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

John Cromwell
Director
Walter Wanger
Producer
John Howard Lawson
Screenwriter
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Vincent Scotto
Composer (Music Score)
Otho Lovering
Editor
Alexander Toluboff
Art Director
Omar Kiam
Costume Designer
Irene
Costume Designer
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