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Madame X (1929)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Raymond Hackett ...
Holmes Herbert ...
Eugenie Besserer ...
John P. Edington ...
Mitchell Lewis ...
Colonel Hanby
Ullrich Haupt ...
Laroque (as Ullric Haupt)
Richard Carle ...
Carroll Nye ...
Claude King ...
Valmorin (as Claud King)
Chappell Dossett ...


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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Release Date:

17 August 1929 (USA)  »

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


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

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The Divine Miss Chatterton
13 April 2015 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I have only seen three Ruth Chatterton films: DODSWORTH, FEMALE and MADAM X. I had never heard of Ruth Chatterton before I saw DODSWORTH and had no expectations regarding her as an actress. After seeing DODSWORTH, Ruth Chatterton's elegant persona entered my life forever. FEMALE, seen a couple of years later, was pure delight. What a find! A younger Ruth Chatterton, equally glamorous and equally brilliant, this time delivering a light, witty, winning performance. When I got to MADAM X, I was already a great fan of this divine actress. How can one describe the effect of her acting on one's feelings? I confess I was spellbound from the start. Chatterton's seamless technique renders her emotional outbursts painful to watch, yet we cannot move or breathe and just stand in awe, witnessing an exposure of emotion that is so raw and so true. I have read reviews that criticize Ruth Chatterton for the very qualities that I find attractive and unique in her acting. That only shows that taste is indeed a very subjective thing. MADAM X is an early talkie, static, old-fashioned, a shameless melodrama. I loved it!

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