Sigrid Gurie, Charles Boyer, and Hedy Lamarr in Algiers
Okay first of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate this fact: Few women could ever post near the gorgeous Hedy Lamarr and stand a chance of even being noticed, let alone sharing her spotlight evenly… yet Sigrid Gurie does just that.
Talk about a couple of beautiful faces, holy cats, they were stunning!
Sigrid Gurie was a talented (and obviously very beautiful) actress who was, in my opinion, horribly mis-managed. Touted as the Norwegian Garbo, she made headlines in the early 1940s when the press found out she was born in Brooklyn and not Norway. She only made a dozen movies and I will always SO wish there had been more. She had an incredible onscreen presence and moved with the grace and elegance of Grace Kelly or Lena Horne.
Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, and Hedy Lamarr are wonderful in this very good film – one that doesn’t get nearly enough attention.
Did You Know?
- Charles Boyer’s often repeated, and parodied, line “Come with me to the Casbah” was in the trailers for Algiers but was never actually used in the film.
- The title of this movie inspired another movie that I’m certain you’ve heard of… Casablanca.
- While Hedy Lamarr would win the role of Gaby, Producer Walter Wagner wanted either Dolores del Rio or Sylvia Sidney for the role.
- Animator Chuck Jones based the Warner Brothers cartoon character “Pepe le Pew” on the “Pepe le Moko” character played by Charles Boyer in Algiers.
Sigrid Gurie, Charles Boyer, and Hedy Lamarr