YEAR: 1948


This crime musical focuses on the life and adventures of a jewel thief isolated in a casbah. John DeCuir was Art Director, creating the North African sets for this Oscar nominated film. It was nominated for Best Original Song.


Pepe Le Mako leads a gang of jewel thieves in the Casbah of Algiers, where he has exiled himself to escape imprisonment in his native France. Inez, his girlfriend, is infuriated when Pepe flirts with Gaby, a French visitor, but Pepe tells her to mind her own business. Detective Slimane is trying to lure Pepe out of the Casbah so he can be jailed. Against Slimane’s advice, Police Chief Louvain capture Pepe in a dragnet, but his followers free him. Inez realizes that Pepe 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 Pepe out of the Casbah.


Nominated for Oscar:

Best Music, Original Scoring


John Berry


John DeCuir Sr.

Bernard Herzburn

Oliver Emert

Russell A. Gausman