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Fort Algiers (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 July 1953 (USA)
In northwest Africa, a tribal leader tries to stir up a rebellion against the ruling powers.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Theodore St. John (screenplay), Frederick Stephani (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Yvette
Carlos Thompson ... Jeff
Raymond Burr ... Amir
Leif Erickson ... Kalmani
Anthony Caruso ... Chavez
John Dehner ... Major Colle
Robert Boon Robert Boon ... Mueller
Henry Corden ... Yessouf
Joe Kirk ... Luigi
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Colonel Lasalle
Leonard Penn ... Lt. Picard
William Phipps ... Lt. Gerrier (as Bill Phipps)
Michael Couzzi Michael Couzzi ... Richetti
Charles Evans ... General Rousseau
Sandra Bettin ... Sandra (as Sandra Gale)
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Storyline

In his bid to unite all local tribes against the French colonial rules, a North African leader organizes an attack against Fort Algiers. After taking the fort from the French Foreign Legion troops, Amir and his sidekick Yussouf, order their men to kill all Legionnaires and maintain total secrecy. In Paris, French intelligence agent Yvette Del Mar is persuaded by her superiors to return to North Africa and pose as a nightclub singer. Her task is to entertain and ingratiate herself with the Amir in order to extract secret information from him. In Algiers, dismissed French Army officer Jeff Brown volunteers for the French Foreign Legion. Jeff is surprised to see his former girlfriend, Yvette, singing in the nightclub and he doesn't suspect the fact she is working for the French Intelligence. A romantic rivalry of sorts develops between Jeff and the Amir, over Yvette's favors. Later, a French spy is uncovered by the Amir and killed. Jeff is asked to replace the dead spy, due to his ... Written by nufs68

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A Woman Means Everything... to Men of the Desert... Arab Sheiks and French Legionaires alike! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Goofs

There's a shot of Arabs riding across in front of the camera an an obvious wire is seen trailing across the sand which obviously led to some of the film equipment. See more »

Connections

Edited from Outpost in Morocco (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Follow You
Lyrics by Yvonne De Carlo (as Yvonne DeCarlo)
Music by Michel Michelet
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Undemanding adventure yawn
8 November 2015 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

I watched this courtesy of the Movies4Men channel, which offers a very wide range of quality. This was middling. Set in the early 1950s, it seemed to have an early-20th-century atmosphere to it, with massed Arab attacks on Legionnaire forts and columns of soldiers marching to the rescue with no motorised or air support. There were a few mid-century cars in the stock footage of Paris and an Arab town, and Yvette does use an eavesdropping device, but that's all.

The actors do well enough, though I didn't recognise Leif Ericson as the crop-haired sergeant - he certainly chewed the scenery. And it's always good to see the dependable John Dehner (and Yvonne de Carlo).

I was a bit puzzled by the Amir calling on his troops not to mention, on pain of death, the massacre at the beginning of the film, as it would have soon become common knowledge.

The mid-film relaying of the message did go on a bit and, as has been mentioned, there was something wrong with the distance and time when the Arabs arrived at the oil well.

All in all, pleasant, predictable viewing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brennpunkt Algier See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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