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…
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This movie is a direct copy from an earlier movie 'Pepe Le Moko', which is why the producer of this film tried to buy up all the copies of the older film. They replaced Jean Gabin from the earlier movie with Charles Boyer, which changed the character from a well-respected thug to an aristocratic thief. This one is funnier.
Cromwell's remake of 'Pepe le Moko' may pale in comparison but still rates due to the perfectly cast Charles Boyer and the luminous Hedy Lamarr. Great script with some fine supporting turns especially Stanley Fields (OK). Weak link here is Sigrid Gurie as Ines a one note character poorly captured. One can certainly see the genesis of 'Casablanca' here.