Casbah (film)

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Directed by John Berry
Produced by Nat C. Goldstone
Written by Leslie Bush-Fekete
Story by Henri La Barthe (as Detective Ashelbe)
Starring Yvonne De Carlo
Tony Martin
Music by Walter Scharf
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Edward Curtiss
Marston Productions[1]
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 1948 (1948-04)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.3 million[2]
Box office $1,092,283 (rentals)[2]

Casbah (1948) is a musical film directed by John Berry, starring Yvonne DeCarlo and Tony Martin, and released by Universal Studios.


Casbah is a musical remake of Algiers (1938), which was in turn an American remake of the French film Pépé le Moko (1937). The plot, which follows that of the 1938 film faithfully, deals with Pépé le Moko (Tony Martin), who leads a gang of jewel thieves in the Casbah district of Algiers, where he has exiled himself to escape imprisonment in his native France. Inez (Yvonne De Carlo), his girl friend, is infuriated when Pépé flirts with Gaby (Märta Torén), a French visitor, but Pépé tells her to mind her own business. Detective Slimane (Peter Lorre) is trying to lure Pépé out of the Casbah so he can be jailed. Against Slimane's advice, Police Chief Louvain (Thomas Gomez) captures Pépé in a dragnet, but his followers free him. Inez realizes that Pépé has fallen in love with Gaby and intends to follow her to Europe. Slimane knows the same and uses her as the bait to lure Pépé out of the Casbah.

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Cast notes:


The film was made by Marston Productions, Tony Martin's production company. The Bank of America lent $800,000 to finance the film; Universal provided some of the balance.[2]


The film only recouped $600,000 of its negative cost. Universal succeeded in getting a court judgment against Marston of $350,000. They bought all rights to the film at public auction for $5,000. This purchase was subject to an unsatisfied lien against the property of $195,000 to the Bank of America.[2]


In 1949, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "For Every Man There's a Woman" by Harold Arlen (music) and Leo Robin (lyrics).


  1. ^ DRAMA AND FILM: Noyes Poem Purchased; De Carlo, Martin Lead Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 June 1947: A7.
  2. ^ a b c d COLBERT SIGNED FOR LEAD IN 'EVE': Mankiewicz to Direct Film for Fox--Studio Revives 'American Guerrilla' Bids $5,000 for "Casbah" By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Feb 1950: 19.
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