Cardinal Richelieu (1935)

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The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenore di Brissac
Count Andre de Pons
Count Baradas
Francis Lister ...
Prince Gaston
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Violet Kemble Cooper ...
Queen Marie
Katharine Alexander ...
Robert Harrigan ...
Joseph R. Tozer ...
De Bussy (as Joseph Tozer)
Lumsden Hare ...
Russell Hicks ...
Le Moyne
Keith Hitchcock ...
Duke D'Epernon (as Keith Kenneth)
Murray Kinnell ...
Duke of Lorraine


The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.

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To thwart a king's passion, he gambled the fate of a nation!


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Release Date:

28 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kardinal Richelieu  »

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(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play first opened in London in 1839; then on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 4 September 1839 with Edwin Forrest as the title character. There were 12 Broadway revivals, the last in 1929. See more »


Version of Richelieu; or: The Conspiracy (1910) See more »

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"Cheer him, I say! Cheer Richelieu!"
26 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable historical drama about efforts of Cardinal Richelieu (George Arliss) to unite France against its enemies, as well as protect his ward (Maureen O'Sullivan) from lustful King Louis XIII (Edward Arnold). Cardinal Richelieu is a complex historical figure, usually portrayed in movies as a villain. Here, he's the hero. George Arliss may be largely forgotten today but he was one of the finest actors of the '20s & '30s. Arliss gives an effortless performance in this film. Even some of the quality actors backing him up here pale by comparison. Edward Arnold is great as Louis XIII, although from what I've read of the real monarch, this performance is more Arnold than Louis. It is entertaining though. Maureen O'Sullivan and Caesar Romero supply the romantic subplot. Both do well in unchallenging roles. Douglas Dumbrille, Halliwell Hobbes, and Frances Lister are among the other nice actors in the cast. It's a fine old costumer with drama, romance, and intrigue. A little slow-going at times but always interesting.

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