7.6/10
424
4 user 2 critic

Redemption (1930)

| Drama | 2 May 1930 (USA)
Fedya wins Lisa away from her fiance, Victor Karenin. But after Fedya weds Lisa, he becomes infatuated with a gypsy girl, Masha. His duplicity leads to tragedy.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay), (play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Last Mile (1932)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Richard Walters is condemned to death for a murder he claims not to have committed. He arrives on death row just before a brutal inmate leads the other convicts in a violent uprising. ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Bischoff
Stars: Howard Phillips, Preston Foster, George E. Stone
The Scarf (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

Director: Ewald André Dupont
Stars: John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, James Barton
Boomerang! (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

John Rhodes (Gene Lockhart)hires private detective D. L. Trees (Jerome Cowan)to track down a talking blackbird owned by Fred Molner, who uses the bird as a means of blackmailing Rhodes. ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Gene Lockhart
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from his gal, Peggy who is a ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Ricardo Cortez, Jill Esmond
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An insurance adjustor tangles with a big insurance-fraud gang.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley, Gloria Blondell
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: George Raft, Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson
Patterns (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.

Director: Fielder Cook
Stars: Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley
Horror | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald
Stars: Betta St. John, Alexander Knox, Christopher Lee
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

New York girl has a dull boyfriend and seems destined for a dull marriage when she meets a rich playboy who has money to burn and places to go. She gets involved with the playboy and never ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Alice White, Chester Morris, William Bakewell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Masha
...
Victor Karenin
...
...
Anna Pavlovna
...
Petushkov
...
Artimiev
...
Magistrate
...
Bearded Mariner in Cafe
George Spelvin ...
Magistrate
...
Waiter
...
Policeman (as Dick Alexander)
Charles Quatermaine ...
Artimiev
Agostino Borgato ...
Petushkov
Edit

Storyline

Fedya wins Lisa away from her fiance, Victor Karenin. But after Fedya weds Lisa, he becomes infatuated with a gypsy girl, Masha. His duplicity leads to tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den sista utvägen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed in 1929, but not released until 1930. See more »

Connections

Version of Atonement (1919) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another Nail In John Gilbert's Cinematic Coffin
21 December 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An irresponsible gambler, having destroyed the happiness of those dearest to him, seeks REDEMPTION in suicide.

According to cinematic legend, all the talkie MGM films starring John Gilbert were dreadful - the result of a bitter hatred between Gilbert (the highest paid star in Hollywood, with a $1.5 million contract) & studio boss Louis B. Mayer. A determination on Gilbert's part to fulfill the contract, and a campaign instituted by Mayer to destroy Gilbert's career including spreading the rumor that Gilbert's voice was 'high & feminine', culminated in several unwatchable movies.

Not entirely true. The Studio had a huge financial investment in Jack Gilbert and was not going to completely cut its own throat by showcasing him in nothing but dreck. However, of the 8 MGM talkies in which he appeared as solo star (1929 - HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT; 1930 - REDEMPTION; WAY FOR A SAILOR; 1931 - GENTLEMAN'S FATE; THE PHANTOM OF Paris; WEST OF Broadway; 1932 - DOWNSTAIRS; 1933 - FAST WORKERS) most were certainly rather ghastly.

Although released after HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT, REDEMPTION was Gilbert's first foray into talking pictures. He hated the film and begged the Studio not to release it, fearful of what it might do to his career. But release it they did, and coming after the atrocious reception of HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT, Gilbert's career was struck a mortal blow.

One of the main problems with REDEMPTION, aside from the turgid dialogue and dreadful editing, is that it is a depressing story, with wretchedly unhappy characters. This may have worked fine in Tolstoy's original novel (The Living Corpse), but for the cinema, especially dealing with the new difficulties engendered by sound, a morbid story line was deadly. To make matters worse, Gilbert tended to deliver his lines in a sing-song manner, which made them sound silly. Only in the Easter Monday Night scene does he get a few moments to show what he was capable of artistically.

The rest of the cast, Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Boardman & Renée Adorée, are also defeated by the film, although they speak their lines more naturalistically than Gilbert. The existing print of the film seems about 10 minutes short and what appears to be missing, based on Gilbert's final lines, would be the death of Adorée's character. (Movie mavens will recognize, in an uncredited role, silent comic Mack Swain playing an unfriendly Russian judge.)

Finally, about The Voice. There was nothing at all strange or unnaturally high about Gilbert's voice. As a matter of fact, it was of medium range & rather cultured & refined. Which was the crux of the problem, of course. While it is possible that no voice could have ever matched the perfect one viewers heard in their minds while watching his strong, virile silent roles, the reality was very different from what they wanted to hear (imagine Robert Montgomery's voice coming out of Clark Gable's mouth.) Gilbert was doomed from his first scene in his debut talkie; his war with Mayer only intensified the agony. John Gilbert would die in 1936, forgotten by most of his former fans, at the age of only 36.


28 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?