A British espionage thriller set in French North Africa which costarrs James Mason and Carla Lehmann backed by a worthy supporting cast. The entirely fictional screenplay was inspired by a real event. First rate A-feature production values. The Print is in excellent condition.
Directed by George King. Released in 1944 (UK & US). Complete print (US version).
SPECIAL NOTE: This film is in the public domain because its release date makes it ineligible for GATT protection, and because the US release has an invalid copyright notice (wrong date).
March 31, 2016 Subject:
Well acted, full of stereotypes, Candlelight in Algiers is an entertaining yarn spun around Operation Flagpole, a critical meeting to arrange for the allied invasion of North Africa (Operation Torch). My late father first saw action there.
James Mason plays the dashing hero with panache. Carla Lehmann, her character equally heroic, plays the female lead well. Acting is good throughout. Nicely directed, aside from continuity errors in the final chase scene. The film is well paced. Well written with some snappy dialog, it would have been better with fewer stereotypical characters and situations. Not in the same league as Casablanca.
I downloaded the 803MB MPEG4 file. Sharp, with few compression artifacts visible on my 40" screen.