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The best romance movie ever made!
A fun Americanized copy of the original.
Algiers is an excellent film. It is about Gaby who meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah. Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. John Cromwell did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and mystery. Algiers is a must see,
The American remake of Pepe Le Moko is practically a shot for shot, line for line copy, except for a few "make it clearer for the Murricans" changes that are small. Hedy Lamarr is smouldering, and Boyer is all charm, but still the original French version is slightly better, so see that one first.
another lost review:(
A stunning film made before Casablanca, that gives such inspiration to its successor. Amazing performances, brilliantly dark, romantic and comedic - Algiers is a forgotten masterpiece.
Loved it! The building up to the final unforgettable scene is flawless. The love of Paris during the thirties is recognized in dozens of films.
I found this film oddly hypnotic. Sure it is hammy and predicable but the actors seemed to enjoy their roles, however stereotypical they were.
The film that made Hedy Lamarr a star. The story involved beautiful Hedy living in the Casbah district of Algiers and falling for handsome jewel theif Charles Boyer. There is even additional dialogue by James M. Cain and moody photography by the great James Wong Howe. This film was reportedly he inspiration for the far superior "Casablanca" and Lamarr was actually the original choice for the Ingrid Bergman role, though MGM would not release her from her exclusive contract to Warner Brothers for the picture. And interesting note of trivia, Chuck Jones based the Warner Brothers cartoon character "Pepe le Pew" on Boyer's character "Pepe le Moko."
Bad accents and bad acting. The story struggles to find its way. At times it tries to be noir but fails. The most bizarre few minutes is when the lead breaks into song.