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for all your smart alec needs..this movie will do.
this story lends it self to parody so much..it is amazing. first image.. so much pancake makeup on boyer..call him a flapjack at ihop. he looks at jewelry..like a vampire looking at a bloodbank. he can leap over two people at full pace..but falls flat on his face ..on the square and safe part of steps.the inspector in the story..talking about him would almost take the entire length of the film it self. alan skipper daddy hale..may have had best lines in the story..and his fashion..that Scottish vest..mr.peanut eye glass..French Canada hat look.. made him look so natural..for that world. and the guy who was the original model for the Miami vice look with the face of the puppet from the saw movies..original.the story was good..it had humor and for the time..some original ideas.charles boyer did influence the path of Herbert lom..sean conerry and others.the character of regis..thought that character was going to get killed any way for mugging the camera. great diversity of eyebrows and hats. hedy lamarr ..one of the most fantastic humans to have on film physically and a genius. kind of funny..that a European woman..played a non European character..while the movie did contain a pretty good number of non white people..for the time. this story even had the most unheard thing of all..boyer did a musical number. this should be one of those movies..true buffs should see at least once. also..the smoking in this was better than any bette davis movie..good for you..cancer.
pearls, no swine
- don letta
Throughout the years I've collected various observations from films... one is pearls, and the woman who wore them.(and who photographed them) My three favorites are Frances Farmer in Son of Fury, Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge, and Hedy Lamarr in Algiers. A fabulous face, framed by pearls is breathtaking in b/w films. Hedy's first breakthrough American film is a stunner, perfectly balanced, photographed and acted... and she didn't have to remove her clothes to accomplish the feat... in fact leaving them on only enhanced her beauty.
Why isn't Charles Boyer given top billing?
This film centers on Boyer, all the other characters revolve around him, a tough gangster who runs he fabled Kasbah for two years, but soon discovers he is a prisoner, which is brought to a climax by the arrival of Hedy Lamar, who plays a beautiful woman who visits the exotic place for thrills, and the chemistry between the two matches the fabled scenes from have or have not that led to the real life marriage of Bogart and Bacall. Perhaps the date (1938) and quality of the celluloid is a problem. This film is not available on DVD. It s a shame when gems like this film fall between the notice of cinema viewers. I gave it four stars because the plot was good, the character actors gave great support to the stars, and the method of getting the Character played by Boyer used the love for Lamar and the rejection of the native girl, who loved Boyer whereas Lamar ended up the gold brick who took the man who wanted a trophy while Lamar wanted the jewels.
What a film!
This is yet another film I've seen so many times that I can quote dialogue from it and there is ample reason why. When you have Boyer giving an Academy Award nominated performance, James Wong Howe nominated for the Academy Award for the sensational cinematography and these two are coupled with the absolutely gorgeous Hedy Lamarr, you have a film to watch many times! This is was the film upon which "Casablanca" was patterned and you definitely see why. And what a name to have associated with a film: Pepe le Moko! Once you hear it, you never forget it! His theme song should have been "What I Did For Love," as he risks everything to be with the beautiful Gaby (Lamarr). This was Hedy Lamarr's first film and it is so easy to see why she was so sought after once this film hit the box office. She was absolutely stunning! This is a "must see" film, for Boyer's incredible performance and just to look at Hedy Lamarr!
a must for all ages
- chris urban
a true essential, anyone who thinks that they know anything about movies, knows nothing if they have not seen this film
- Mark Sutch