Algiers is a remake of the 1937 French film “Pepe Le Moko” in which Boyer plays Pepe, a notorious thief hiding out in the Casbah. When he falls in love with a beautiful tourist, his voluntary captivity becomes unbearable. In 1948, remade, with songs, as “Casbah.”
Charles Boyer was originally offered the lead role in Pepe. Jean Gabin, who ended up playing the lead in the movie, then turned down the opportunity to appear in the Hollywood remake.
The famed Irene was the costume designer.
Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actor.
USA | United Artists / 96 minutes / 1938
Screenplay: John Howard Lawson, James M. Cain
Original Story: Roger D’Ashelbe
Charles Boyer as Pepe le Moko
Sigrid Gurie as Ines
Hedy Lamarr as Gaby
Joseph Calleia as Slimane
Alan Hale as Grandpere
Gene Lockhart as Regis
Walter Kingsford as Louvain
Paul Harvey as Janvier
Stanley Fields as Carlos
Johnny Downs as Pierrot
Charles D. Brown as Max
Robert Greig as Andre Giraux
Leonid Kinskey as L’Arbi
Joan Woodbury as Aicha
Nina Koshetz as Tania
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