Candlelight in Algeria (1944)

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An American sculptress in wartime Britain gets mixed up with a British agent and a Nazi spy who knows that a top-secret meeting of Allied military leaders will be taking place in Algeria--... See full summary »


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30 November 2007 | silverscreen888
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| Well-Directed Noir Thriller; James Mason and Carla Lehman are Standouts
"Candlelight in Algeria" is, by my standards, a superior noir adventure which concerns a secret conference being held, despite danger, in Algeria during WWII. The protagonist is an American girl from Kansas--a reference to Dorothy's line in the"Wizard of Oz" (1939) "I guess we're not in Kansas any more." She is staying with relatives and falls in with a spy, ably played by the powerful James Mason. The body of this brilliantly suspenseful film then falls into important episodes, involving a dangerous theft, misunderstandings, a major confrontation with the Nazi's chief investigator, and a thrilling flight leading to the final action--one in which Mason risks his life to divert the Nazis and their coerced French partners from disrupting the conference. The film is told in an envelope flashback by the heroine, Lehman, in a hospital, wondering whether Mason is alive or dead. George King directed most skillfully, from a script by Dorothy Hope, John Clements, Katharine Strueby and Brock Williams. The film was produced by John Stafford with original music by Roy Douglas and James Turner and award- level cinematography by Otto Heller. The fine art direction was done by Norman G. Arnold. In the above-average cast, Carla Lehman was charismatic and intelligent as the American girl, and James Mason more than excellent as the solider-spy who enlists her before falling in love with her. Walter Rilla plays a most intelligent spy master, Dr, Muller; Raymond Lovell and Enid Stamp-Taylor are used for comedy. Offbeat Pamela Stirling as Yvette and the rest of the cast are all more than adequate. A classic chase and hiding out in the Casbah is given touches of humor, without ever losing its interesting edge as it pits suave Brit Mason against brave but naive neo-puritan USer, Lehman. Look for the interrogation scenes, the Algiers' hideout scenes and the climactic, intelligent chase sequence, among others. This is a film worth watching many times, and for many values, I suggest. It was often imitated afterward but seldom equaled.

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Trivia

A severely shortened DVD and VHS videotape version, running only about 65 minutes, is presently being circulated among underground film dealers in both USA and Canada, who either ignore complaints from buyers, or else claim it's the USA release version. The USA release, as distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1944, is the same length as the British version, 86 minutes.


Quotes

Alan Thurston: Now we both go to earth. Feel like a climb? Know where you are?
Susan Foster: The Casbah.
Alan Thurston: That's it. The haunt of vice, the lair of criminals, the hideout of every thief and murderer in Algiers. I've lived here as safely as if I were in London.


Goofs

When Susan Foster is about to hide Alan Thurston in a cupboard, a shadow appears briefly on an adjoining wall. Since from their positions it would not appear to be that of either of them, it could only be that of a crew member.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Our story takes place in Algeria during the uneasy period before the Allied Invasion of North Africa. Algiers - the headquarters of the German Armistice Commission - was under the control of the Vichy Government. Britain was fighting for her empire in the sands of Libya, and America, still friendly with Vichy, was preparing her first land campaign of the war in the west. It is a story - not of war but of adventure - of a secret meeting which paved the way for a great Allied victory.

VICTORY TUNISIA 1943


Soundtracks

It's Love
Words and Music by Muriel Watson & Jack Denby,
French Lyric by G. Arbib

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Genres

Drama | War

Details

Release Date:

30 July 1944

Language

English, French, German


Country of Origin

UK

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