Friday, January 13, 2017

Casbah (1948)

Academy Awards, USA 1949

Best Music, Original Song
Harold Arlen (music)
Leo Robin (lyrics)
For the song "For Every Man There's a Woman"

Universal International
Directed by John Berry
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Untouchable criminal Pepe Le Moko thrives in the vast Casbah section of Algiers. If the police try to arrest him, such as the one played by Peter Lorre, the residents strong arm the police and get him free. Pepe sets his sights on the diamonds of a visiting French woman, played by the exotic Swedish beauty Marta Toren, but soon becomes interested in more than her diamonds. She becomes his femme fatale leading to his eventual downfall. Unnecessary second remake of the original French classic unwisely adds songs by leading man Tony Martin. However, the ecclectic casting still makes it worth a look.

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