FORT ALGIERS
1953 / 78:00 / B/W / Adventure/ Drama
Director: Lesley Selander
Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Raymond Burr, Lief Erikson
Formats: Available in High Definition restored version.
SYNOPSIS:
The French Foriegn Legion fears an uprising by the Arabs to control the oil fields in Algeria. They need a spy. Yvonne De Carlo agreed to help the Legion once before, but had to dupe her lover, Carlos Thompson (a Legionaire turned agent), to reveal a traitor in the ranks. In the process she lost her lover. So she's reluctant to get involved again but, in the end, patriotism wins out. She poses as a chanteuse at a popular nightclub in order to gain the confidence of Amir (Raymond Burr in a fez), who is the suspected leader of the rebels. It works and Amir rakes her to his palace where she really gets the info, but also trouble. Thompson arrives just in time to save her from Burr, after some hand to hand combat, followed by a full-scale clash in the desert sands between the Arabs and the Legionaires. Pretty exciting stuff.
REVIEWS:
Miss De Carlo makes a pretty enticing agent. As a bistro songstress she does an adequate job on the one song rendered. The lyrics for the number "I'll Follow You," incidentally, were penned by her." 15 July 1953 Variety
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