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The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

Passed  -  Drama  -  24 October 1931 (USA)
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Out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lewis Stone ...
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Rosalie Lebeau
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Dr. Lawrence Claudet
Karen Morley ...
Alice Claudet
Charles Winninger ...
M. Novella - Photographer
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Hubert
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Roget - Boretti's Butler
Lennox Pawle ...
Felix St. Jacques
Russ Powell ...
Monsieur Claudet
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French country girl Madelon falls for artist Larry, who leaves her after she becomes pregnant. She finds help from jewel thief Carlo, but he commits suicide when the police try to arrest him. Madelon is arrested and receives a ten year term in prison for assisting him in his profession. To support her son, who does not know that she's been in prison, she becomes a street walker, allowing him to attend medical school. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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24 October 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

According to 'When the Lion Roars,' Irving Thalberg and his producers were previewing films one night and he asked to see this one. Told it was hopeless, he asked to put it on anyway. After watching it, he remarked that it wasn't bad; the main thing to do was change the last seven minutes. Re-takes were done and Helen Hayes went on to win the Oscar for the part. See more »

Quotes

Carlo Boretti: Sit here my dear. Oh wait, I want to get this cushion... it brings out all the blue that's sleeping in your eyes.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 7 June 1964 (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Il était une bergère (There Was a Shepherdess)
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Traditional French children's song
Sung a cappella by an unidentified drunk who picks up Madelon
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The definitive "sacrificing mother" saga of the 1930s
28 October 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Helen Hayes makes an astonishing film debut here as the title character, a young woman who runs off with her poor beau and has a child. Through ensuing (and realistic) circumstances, she goes through the transitions of being a destitute country girl, a jewel thief's lover, a prison inmate and finally becoming a haggard vagrant. All of these incidents, at the expense of her own pleasure, are done in order to secure a place in life for her son as a prominent physician. At only 73 minutes, one would expect these changes to occur at somewhat of a breakneck speed, but the movie moves along at a leisurely and elegiac pace. Hayes won herself a well-deserved Academy Award for her luminous performance in this ultimate 1930s tearjerker.


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