“Algiers” is a 1938 American romantic drama film directed by John Cromwell and starring Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr.
The film tells the story of Pepe Le Moko (Charles Boyer), a notorious thief and fugitive who is hiding out in the Casbah district of Algiers, a labyrinthine neighborhood that is home to many other criminals and outcasts. Despite his criminal status, Pepe is respected and admired by the locals, who help him evade the police.
Pepe’s life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Gaby (Hedy Lamarr), a beautiful and sophisticated woman visiting Algiers with her wealthy fiancé. Pepe is immediately drawn to Gaby, and she to him, leading to a forbidden romance that threatens to upend both of their lives.
As the police close in on Pepe, he must choose between his love for Gaby and his loyalty to his criminal comrades. Meanwhile, Gaby must confront her own desires and decide what kind of life she wants to lead.
With its exotic setting, sweeping romance, and themes of forbidden love and redemption, “Algiers” was a critical and commercial success, earning Charles Boyer an Oscar nomination for his performance as Pepe Le Moko. The film has since become a classic of Hollywood’s golden age.
John Howard Lawson, James M. Cain, Henri La Barthe
Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie