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Algiers [DVD] [1938]

  • SKU: 27016247
  • Release Date: 02/17/2015
  • Rating: NR
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    Algiers
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Charles Boyer
      Charles Boyer - Pepe le Moko
    • Hedy Lamarr
      Hedy Lamarr - Gaby (Gabrielle)
    • Sigrid Gurie
      Sigrid Gurie - Ines
    • Joseph Calleia
      Joseph Calleia - Inspector Slimane
    • Gene Lockhart
      Gene Lockhart - Regis



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A REAL Hollywood Classic

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      Amphotos
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      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. Algiers is a real Hollywood classic like they don't make anymore. Beautiful Hedy Lamarr makes her American film debut and Charles Boyer sizzles in the lead role.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good quality DVD starring Hedi Lamarr

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      Dave
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      Hedi Lamarr was considered the most beautiful woman on screen in the 1940's. She was also the genius inventor of what cyber security experts call "data encryption." Algiers is the movie that made her famous. She turned down the starring role in "Casablanca," but made herself immortal starring in "David and Golieth." Algiers is good quality and, starring next to Charles Boyer, launched her career. You will like it.

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