Film collectors, film buffs and fans of Hedy Lemarr will have plenty to take notice of on Sept. 30 as that is the street that the Film Chest has selected for its latest DVD collectible (in cooperation with Synergy Entertainment).
Priced at just $17.98, this four-disc/four-film collection is titled Silver Screen Legends: Hedy Lamarr and includes four of her starring roles, including her first English-language and major studio debut, director John Cromwell’s 1938 drama, Algiers.
This remake of novelist Henri La Barthe’s Pépé le Moko (1937, French-language version starring Jean Gabin and Mireille Balin) was shot on location (the arrival of World War II would put an end to that) and teamed Hedy Lamarr as Gaby with Charles Boyer as Pépé le Moko.
The result was that Algiers was box office hit and earned four Oscar nominations — Best Actor for Charles Boyer, plus Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Lockhart), Best Cinematography (James Wong Howe) and Best Art Direction (Alexander Toluboff).
Next on the list is director Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1946 film noir thriller, The Strange Woman, teaming Lamarr with George Sanders and Louis Hayward (Gene Lockhart is also counted among the impressive cast).
The following year, 1947, Hedy Lamarr was cast in a film remake of Margaret Ayer Barnes and Edward Sheldon’s stage play, Dishonored Lady. Her co-stars were Dennis O’Keefe and John Loder and direction was handled by Robert Stevenson (Oscar-nominated in 1964 for his direction of Mary Poppins).
Lastly, director Richard Wallace’s 1948 film release of Let's Live a Little is a change of pace for Lamarr … after dramas and film noirs, a romantic comedy. Robert Cummings and Anna Sten are her co-stars.
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