Fort Algiers (1953)

78-79 mins | Adventure | 15 July 1953

Director:

Lesley Selander

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

Francis D. Lyon

Production Designer:

Boris Leven

Production Company:

Erco Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's opening and ending cast credits differ in order. According to publicity information in the copyright records, the film's battle scenes were shot on location in North Africa. A 27 Jan 1953 HR news item notes that some scenes were shot "along the coast." Fort Algiers marked Argentinian actor Carlos Thompson's American feature film ... More Less

The film's opening and ending cast credits differ in order. According to publicity information in the copyright records, the film's battle scenes were shot on location in North Africa. A 27 Jan 1953 HR news item notes that some scenes were shot "along the coast." Fort Algiers marked Argentinian actor Carlos Thompson's American feature film debut. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Jul 1953.
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Daily Variety
16 Jul 53
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Jul 53
p. 10.
Harrison's Reports
18 Jul 1953
p. 114.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 1952.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 1953
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 1953
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 1953
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 53
p. 3.
Los Angeles Daily News
17 Dec 1953.
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Los Angeles Examiner
17 Dec 1953.
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Los Angeles Herald Express
17 Dec 1953.
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Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Nov 53
p. 1927.
Variety
22 Jul 53
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Ed supv
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Gowns
Women's ward
Men's ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Unit mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'll Follow You," music by Michel Michelet, lyrics by Yvonne De Carlo.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 July 1953
Production Date:
January 1953 at Samuel Goldwyn Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Erco Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 July 1953
Copyright Number:
LP2950
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78-79
Length(in feet):
7,085
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16370
SYNOPSIS

A French Legion outpost in North Africa is attacked by Arab troops led by the Amir, who instructs his aide, Yessouf, to kill all Legionnaires and swear his men to secrecy. Some time later in Paris, Yvette Del Mar refuses the request of French Army general Rousseau to go on another secret intelligence mission because of her brother’s death at the North African fort, and the earlier loss of her only true love. Yvette relents, however, and is soon in North Africa posing as a nightclub singer and entertaining the Amir. At the same club, Legionnaire Chavez encounters his friend Jeff Brown, a dismissed Army officer who transferred to the Legion. Later that evening, Jeff is stunned to see his former girl friend, Yvette, entertaining the Amir in her dressing room. Jeff confronts her, unaware that Yvette is a spy, but she slaps him and he leaves. The Amir, unaware of the undercover operation, invites Yvette to his palace in Algiers, along with two French Army officers, Major Colle and Lt. Picard, who are working with Yvette. At the same time, Jeff’s troop is sent to Fort Algiers. Because of his previous experience with the Signal Corps, Jeff is assigned to replace a French spy who was captured by the Amir’s men. Yvette is now a favored guest of the Amir and rides alone into the desert to deposit a message in a tree, which is then relayed to the fort. Following the note’s instructions, Jeff and his friend Kalmani, a sergeant demoted to private, ride into Algiers disguised as locals, and attempt to sell a pocketwatch in a bazaar ... +


A French Legion outpost in North Africa is attacked by Arab troops led by the Amir, who instructs his aide, Yessouf, to kill all Legionnaires and swear his men to secrecy. Some time later in Paris, Yvette Del Mar refuses the request of French Army general Rousseau to go on another secret intelligence mission because of her brother’s death at the North African fort, and the earlier loss of her only true love. Yvette relents, however, and is soon in North Africa posing as a nightclub singer and entertaining the Amir. At the same club, Legionnaire Chavez encounters his friend Jeff Brown, a dismissed Army officer who transferred to the Legion. Later that evening, Jeff is stunned to see his former girl friend, Yvette, entertaining the Amir in her dressing room. Jeff confronts her, unaware that Yvette is a spy, but she slaps him and he leaves. The Amir, unaware of the undercover operation, invites Yvette to his palace in Algiers, along with two French Army officers, Major Colle and Lt. Picard, who are working with Yvette. At the same time, Jeff’s troop is sent to Fort Algiers. Because of his previous experience with the Signal Corps, Jeff is assigned to replace a French spy who was captured by the Amir’s men. Yvette is now a favored guest of the Amir and rides alone into the desert to deposit a message in a tree, which is then relayed to the fort. Following the note’s instructions, Jeff and his friend Kalmani, a sergeant demoted to private, ride into Algiers disguised as locals, and attempt to sell a pocketwatch in a bazaar shop. At the shop, Yvette, dressed in Arab garb, astonishes Jeff by making contact using the agreed upon code, and slips him the palace blueprint. That night in the palace, Yvette conceals a tape recorder in the Amir’s meeting room and listens as he announces to local leaders his plans to regain the foreign-run oil fields, work them with his own men and, anticipating an aggressive French response, enlist the world’s sympathy for his people. Sheik Haroun protests that the plan is actually a revolt and walks out, but is murdered by Yessouf. Jeff and Kalmani sneak onto the palace grounds where Yvette transmits information about the Amir’s plans by Morse code using a flashlight. The Amir finds Yvette’s listening device, however, and confronts her. When Jeff sees the Amir mistreating Yvette, he sends Kalmani back to the fort with the news. Jeff rescues Yvette just after the Amir strikes her, and he and the Amir struggle until the Amir is knocked unconscious. Yvette and Jeff escape just as the palace guards reach the room in time to subdue a fire that accidentally started during the fight. The Amir then decides to move up his plans to attack the oil field. When Yvette and Jeff pause to rest in the desert, she reveals that the superior officer he had struck two years earlier, the act that caused his dismissal from the Army, was a traitor she had been assigned to track. Jeff and Yvette now reunite with a kiss, and continue on to the oil field. Kalmani, meanwhile, has been wounded by a pursuer, but makes it to the fort alive to warn them about the Amir’s plot. At the oil field, Jeff orders the workers to create makeshift grenades from beer bottles and nitroglycerine and to wire the desert with dynamite. When the Amir and his men converge on the oilfield, Yvette sets off the dynamite as they approach. After many Arabs are felled in the explosion, Yvette joins the oil workers as they man guns to repel the attack. The Amir is killed during the attack, after which the Legion arrives to quell the retreating Arab forces. Later in Paris, Yvette is given the rank of Knight of Legion of Honor, and she then bids the general a final farewell as she departs with Jeff. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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