Casbah (film)

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Casbah
Casbah FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Berry
Produced by Nat C. Goldstone
associate
Erik Charell
Written by Leslie Bush-Fekete
Aarnold Manoff
musical story
Erik Charell
Based on novel by Henri La Barthe
Starring Yvonne De Carlo
Tony Martin
Peter Lorre
Märta Torén
Music by Walter Scharf
Harold Arlen
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Edward Curtiss
Production
company
Marston Productions[1]
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • 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 is a 1948 American film noir crime musical film directed by John Berry starring Yvonne DeCarlo, Tony Martin, Peter Lorre and Märta Torén.

It is a musical remake of Algiers (1938), which was in turn an American remake of the French film Pépé le Moko (1937).

Plot[edit]

Pépé le Moko (Tony Martin) 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.

Cast and roles[edit]


Cast notes:

Production[edit]

The film was made by Marston Productions, Tony Martin's production company, who signed a deal with Universal. Tony Martin was keen to re-establish himself in the film industry after having been blacklisted in the entertainment industry since being discharged from the navy for "unfitness" in 1942. He was charged with buying a navy officer a car to facilitate his obtaining a chief specialists rating.[4]

It was the first production from Marston, which Martin owned with his agent, Nat Gould. The Bank of America lent $800,000 to finance the film; Universal provided some of the balance.[2]

Yvonne de Carlo signed to play the female lead in June 1947.[5] Erik Charrell was to produce, William Bowers was to write the script and Harold Arlen to do the music.[6] John Berry signed to direct.[7]

Marta Toren made her film debut.[8]

Reception[edit]

The film only recouped $600,000 of its negative cost. By September 24, 1949 the film had earned rentals of $1,092,283.[2]

Lawsuits[edit]

Marston sued Universal in January 1949 for $250,000 alleging improper distribution. Universal counter sued in May for $325,439, including the $320,439.25 Universal provided to the filmmakers, and $5,000 which Universal claimed Marston distributed contrary to their agreement.[9]

Universal succeeded in getting a court judgment against Marston of $350,000. A judge ordered that the film be sold to auction for $329,486.[10] Universal 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]

Martin had to go to court to argue (successfully) that he was entitled to claim his loss on the film as a tax deduction.[4]

Awards[edit]

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).

References[edit]

  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 e 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.
  3. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/70401/Casbah/
  4. ^ a b TAX COURT RULES FOR TONY MARTIN ON BAD DEBT COUNT Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963); Chicago, Ill. [Chicago, Ill]28 Oct 1955: 3.
  5. ^ DRAMA AND FILM: Noyes Poem Purchased; De Carlo, Martin Lead Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]09 June 1947: A7.
  6. ^ WARNERS TO FILM PLAY BY KINGSLEY: Pays $250,000 for 'Patriots,' Which Bretagne Windust Will Direct in Debut By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]09 June 1947: 27.
  7. ^ SELZNICK HAS FILM FOR SWEDISH ACTOR: Producer Will Star Alf Kjellin in 'Tender Is the Night' -- Picture Due Next Year By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]05 Aug 1947: 27.
  8. ^ SMALL CONCLUDES A RELEASING DEAL: Columbia Will Distribute His 'Fuller Brush Man,' Starring Skelton -- Simon to Direct By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]16 Sep 1947: 27.
  9. ^ U-I ASKS DAMAGES ON 'CASBAH' FILM: Studio Seeks $325,439 and Foreclosure Decree Against Marston Productions By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]18 May 1949: 33.
  10. ^ Television Aid in New Sales Field Disclosed Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]01 Feb 1950: A2.

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