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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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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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Die Sünde der Madelon Claudet  »

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Before writer Charles MacArthur was assigned to the project, he saw a preliminary script and protested to MGM studio head Irving Thalberg that the play "The Lullaby" was hopelessly old-fashioned and wouldn't be a good film debut for his wife, Helen Hayes. Thalberg heard him out and told him, "You don't like it - you're a writer. You fix it," and hired MacArthur to do the script. See more »

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Rosalie Lebeau: OOOh, I wish I'd killed you before I ever met you!
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Waltz #15 in A flat major ('Lullaby'), Op.39
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Real mother-love junk
23 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Very MGM mother-love early-talkie stuff, which one suspects Norma Shearer turned down. Charles MacArthur's screenplay at least makes its points swiftly and with a minimum of embarrassment, but the direction makes rather too much of having The First Lady of the American Theatre in every scene. Helen's key-lighting is just so, her dithering and pauses are all fluttery excess, and the makeup (innocent girl to demimonde-cocotte to hag) does half the acting for her. Not that she's an incompetent film actress -- she's quite good, and even sexy, in the following year's "A Farewell to Arms." It's just that this is the bathetic "Madame X"/"Stella Dallas" sort of nonsense that sets young actresses dreaming of Oscars before they even face the camera. In a very American bunch of supporting Parisians, Marie Prevost is sympathetic and welcome, Jean Hersholt is not the noble bore he often was, and Lewis Stone gets to be a most un-Judge Hardy-like count with a secret.


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