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Madame X (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 17 August 1929 (USA)
A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.

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Jacqueline
Raymond Hackett ...
Raymond
Holmes Herbert ...
Noel
Eugenie Besserer ...
Rose
John P. Edington ...
Doctor
Mitchell Lewis ...
Colonel Hanby
Ullrich Haupt ...
Laroque (as Ullric Haupt)
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Merivel
Richard Carle ...
Perissard
Carroll Nye ...
Darrell
Claude King ...
Valmorin (as Claud King)
Chappell Dossett ...
Judge
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Young Raymond Floriot, following in his father Louis Floriot's professional footsteps, he now France's attorney general, has just passed the bar exam. Raymond's first case, appointed to him by the courts, is a murder case. His pitiful and poor Jane Doe client, who refers to herself only as Madame X, admits to killing the scoundrel of a man named Laroque, but won't disclose why or in turn defend herself in court. Raymond knows nothing of her past, which includes once being a woman of class, married to man of prestige. But that marriage ended because he treated her without love, which resulted in her leaving him for another man, who in turn passed away shortly thereafter. Her first marriage produced a son, who her husband refused to let her see. Her son never knew she was alive, he being told by his father that she died. The consequence of his action left Madame X on a downward path where she never found love. Now, in turn, she hopes her silence will protect the one that she really ... Written by Huggo

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Ruth Chatterton is truly superb. She reveals a histrionic ability which is extraordinary. Lionel Barrymore's direction is masterly. See more »

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17 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Absinthe  »

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(Western Electric System)

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Retitled "Absinthe", in order to avoid confusion with the 1937 version, this film was first telecast in San Francisco 5 June 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

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Referenced in The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) See more »

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Static tear-jerker with fine Chatterton performance

I find that you either like Ruth Chatterton or you hate her. She is hardly remembered anymore but her excellent performance here as the unwed mother who gives up her child only to have him defend her in a trial for murder deservedly earned an Oscar nom (she was Jeanne Eagels' only real competition in the second Oscar derby). Barrymore's direction also earned a nom, but the camera is very static and except for Miss Chatterton, the acting is mediocre. A curio - worth a look.


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