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

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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: 07/01/2016
UPC: 0889290125347
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Film Detective
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 30,410

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Algiers
1. Chapter 1 [5:00]
2. Chapter 2 [4:59]
3. Chapter 3 [4:59]
4. Chapter 4 [4:59]
5. Chapter 5 [5:00]
6. Chapter 6 [5:00]
7. Chapter 7 [4:59]
8. Chapter 8 [5:00]
9. Chapter 9 [4:59]
10. Chapter 10 [4:59]
11. Chapter 11 [5:00]
12. Chapter 12 [4:59]
13. Chapter 13 [5:00]
14. Chapter 14 [4:59]
15. Chapter 15 [5:00]
16. Chapter 16 [4:59]
17. Chapter 17 [5:00]
18. Chapter 18 [5:00]
19. Chapter 19 [4:40]
20. Chapter 20 [:25]
21. Chapter 21 [:01]

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