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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
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Raymond
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Noel
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Rose
John P. Edington ...
Doctor
Mitchell Lewis ...
Colonel Hanby
Ullrich Haupt ...
Laroque (as Ullric Haupt)
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Merivel
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Perissard
Carroll Nye ...
Darrell
Claude King ...
Valmorin (as Claud King)
Chappell Dossett ...
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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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The world's greatest drama of Mother Love via the screen's most perfect All-Talking picture. See more »

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Absinthe  »

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Robert Montgomery was originally intended for the role of Raymond. See more »

Quotes

Laroque: I think you and I could do very well together. Tell me, do you know something about cards?
Jacqueline: A little, why?
Laroque: Isn't that funny? Isn't that funny? You know I'm a mind reader, huh? Yes, I knew, you know something about cards. Really! You know, I'm a mind reader.
Jacqueline: Well?
Laroque: Well, first of all, I'm going to pay all your bills.
Jacqueline: Oh, you're a fortune teller too, aren't you?
Laroque: Yes! I'm a bit of everything.
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Chatterton shines in creaky early talkie

Ruth Chatterton deserved her Oscar nomination for her excellent performance in this wooden early talkie (Barrymore did not deserve his for Direction). In fact she and Jeanne Eagels (The Letter) were the only actresses nominated that second year of the Academy who deserved the honor. Of course neither won. Perhaps the worst performance by an actress ever recorded on film did win (Pickford in COQUETTE). If you enjoy fine acting, see it for Chatterton alone.


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