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Algiers (1938)

Directed by John Cromwell

Drama | Crime | Romance

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Overview

Pepe Le Moko is a notorious thief, who escaped from France. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah of Algiers. French officials arrive insisting on Pepe’s capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe meets the beautiful Gaby , which arouses the jealousy of Ines

Length 96 minutes

Actors

Leonid Kinskey | Alan Hale | Charles D. Brown | Charles Boyer | Stanley Fields | Gene Lockhart | Robert Greig | Walter Kingsford | Joseph Calleia | Paul Harvey | Sigrid Gurie | Hedy Lamarr | Joan Woodbury | Nina Koshetz | Johnny Downs

Viewing Notes

Beautifully shot in mostly close quarters, with snappy, biting dialogue by James M. Cain and standout performances from Charles Boyer as Pepe and Joseph Calleia as Slimane, the policeman in charge of the Casbah. And that’s before we even get to Heddy Lamar in her first Hollywood role, burning up the screen.

This movie was a joy to watch. I love discovering new old favorites! This movie really deserves a restoration and release on Blu-ray. I think The Film Detective did a restoration for DVD but I don’t think he does Blu-ray releases.

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