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Fort Algiers is a 1953 American action film directed by Lesley Selander and written by Theodore St John. The film reused action sequences from Outpost in Morocco (1949) and starred Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Raymond Burr, Leif Erickson, Anthony Caruso, John Dehner, Robert Boon and Henry Corden. The film was released on July 15, 1953, by United Artists.[1][2]

Fort Algiers
Fort Algiers poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLesley Selander
Produced byJoseph N. Ermolieff
Screenplay byTheodore St. John
Story byFrederick Stephani
StarringYvonne De Carlo
Carlos Thompson
Raymond Burr
Leif Erickson
Anthony Caruso
John Dehner
Robert Boon
Henry Corden
Music byMichel Michelet
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
ERCO Productions
Edward L. Alperson Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 15, 1953 (1953-07-15)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States


A female secret agent is sent to French North Africa posing as a night club singer to investigate the massacre of a French Foreign Legion outpost. She discovers a treacherous leader planning an attack on strategic oil fields.



In 1952 Yvonne de Carlo announced she and her agent Paul Kohner would form their own production company, Vancouver Productions. They said their first film would be an adventure story which would co star Carlos Thompson, an actor de Carlo met on the set of a movie in South America and recommended him for the male lead.[3]

In November 1952 it was announced the film would be called Fort Courageous and would be made by Atlantic Productions, the company of Joseph Armolieff. It was based on a story by Frederick Stephani and screenplay by Theodore St John. Filming started 15 December 1952.[4] De Carlo said she had her own money in the film.[5]


  1. ^ "Fort Algiers (1953) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Fort Algiers". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  3. ^ Looking at Hollywood: Gene Autry Will Present Western Show in England Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 11 June 1953: c2.
  4. ^ Pryor, Thomas M (25 Nov 1952). "12 FILMS TO BE SHOT IN NATURAL VISION". New York Times. p. 35. (Eventually the film would be credited to "Erco Productions".)
  5. ^ Looking at Hollywood: Yvonne De Carlo to Do Film Concerning Foreign Legion Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 25 Nov 1952: a5.

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