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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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Andre de Pons
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Baradas
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Gaston
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Father Joseph
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Queen Marie
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Joseph R. Tozer ...
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Russell Hicks ...
Le Moyne
Keith Hitchcock ...
Duke D'Epernon (as Keith Kenneth)
Murray Kinnell ...
Duke of Lorraine
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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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28 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kardinal Richelieu  »

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(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the film, Richelieu is depicted doting on his cat, Mistigris (the 'Joker' in a pack of cards). By the 18C, his fondness for cats had become an established part of his legend. It has been claimed that he had at least 14 cats at the time of his death in 1642: Gazette, Rubis sur l'Ongle, Pyramus and Thisbe (inseparable), Serpolet (Wild Thyme), Felimare, Soumise, Lucifer, Ludovic le Cruel, Lodoïska, Mimi-Paillon (possibly previously Mademoiselle de Gournay's cat), Mounard le Fougueux, Perruque and Racan (twins, allegedly born in the academician Racan's wig), and Gavroche. The cat which figures in the posters for this film is black, and does not resemble the screen Mistigris, who appears to be a fluffy calico. See more »

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Final Hollywood feature for George Arliss
11 May 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1935's "Cardinal Richelieu" turned out to be the Hollywood finale for acclaimed British star George Arliss, so adept at portraying larger than life historical figures. Here, it's the notorious Cardinal, often depicted as a villain yet acting on behalf of King Louis XIII (Edward Arnold) to ward off treachery within his inner circle, chiefly from top aide Baradas (Douglass Dumbrille), who takes every opportunity to convince the King that Richelieu is the real enemy. While Arliss chose to film stories or plays that were old fashioned, one cannot condemn his acting as barnstorming; he remains calm and rational, coolly weighing his options before deciding on a plan of action, letting others act up a storm, unable to wrest the screen away from his commanding presence (indeed a larger than life performer, sadly underrated nowadays). The unobtrusive love interest is supplied by Maureen O'Sullivan and Cesar Romero, while among the agitators attempting to get Parisians to revolt against Richelieu is a 29 year old John Carradine, appearing at the 41 minute mark, billed 31st out of a cast numbering 36: "Down with Richelieu! He's not in favor with the King, why should we listen to him? Down with him!"


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