Pépé le Moko (1937)
Pepe le Moko (Jean Gabin) is a well-known criminal mastermind who eludes the French police by hiding in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows he is safe in this labyrinthine netherworld, where he is surrounded by his fellow thieves and cutthroats. Police inspector Slimane (Lucas Gridoux), who has developed a grudging respect for Pepe, bides his time, waiting for Pepe to try to leave the Casbah. When Gaby Gould (Mirielle Balin), a Parisian tourist, falls in love with Pepe, the inspector hopes to use this relationship to his advantage. He tells Gaby that Pepe has been killed, knowing that the heartbroken girl will return to Paris -- and that Pepe will risk everything to go after her. The French Pepe le Moko was remade in the US as Algiers, which followed the original so slavishly (except for changing its ending) that the American producers were able to utilize generous amounts of stock footage from the French film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Pépé le Moko
Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed.
Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.
The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.
Pepe le Moko, made in 1937, begins with that tinny, swooning French soundtrack music that conjures up European movies before the war, but it isn't until a few minutes later that you realize you're in for something special.
A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned.
Director Julien Duvivier took the conventional mix of love and bullets and made it into dark poetry.
Captures the vibrancy of colonial Northern Africa with intimate sensual detail
the film that made consummate French actor Jean Gabin a star
You have to like a movie that was the true inspiration to that famous animated skunk Pépé le Pew.
It's not just an important film; it's also great entertainment, a compelling screen romance -- and one of the best places to see hunky Jean Gabin at the height of his career.
An irresistibly entertaining drama of dreamy, doom-laden romantic fatalism, a vividly atmospheric film noir years before noir was cool.
Retains its power to amuse and enthrall 65 years after its debut.
A vehicle for Jean Gabin whose quicksilver charm hasn't aged in over 60 years.
Audience Reviews for Pépé le Moko
Jean Gabin rules. Almost everyone else in this movie is a "type" while Gabin feels like a human being. I'm sure that's largely by design but it is also a testament to Gabin's unique talent as a screen actor.More
atmospheric and cynical proto-noir with an iconic performance by jean gabin as the tragic antihero trapped by his illusions. just a few years later, hollywood would remake this almost shot for shot as algiers with charles boyer, changing only the ending. fools. btw this was released in 1936, not 1941 as flixster would have us believeMore
I love Jean Gabin. I think he was way ahead of his time as far as acting. This is an interesting film that you could tell had a strong effect on some films that I really love. The camera work and atmosphere were great and it's a nice anti hero story which was cool to see. There are some parts that bother me, but I am starting to think that the things that bother me in films like this are petty and maybe I just need to enjoy them for what they are.More
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