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Cardinal Richelieu (1935)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 April 1935 (USA)
The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.



(play) (as Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton), (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenore di Brissac
Count Baradas
Prince Gaston
Father Joseph
Queen Marie
Queen Anne
Robert Harrigan ...
Joseph R. Tozer ...
De Bussy (as Joseph Tozer)
Gustavus Adolphus - King of Sweden
Le Moyne
Keith Hitchcock ...
Duke D'Epernon (as Keith Kenneth)
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!


Drama | History | Romance


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Release Date:

28 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kardinal Richelieu  »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 23, 1939 with George Arliss, Cesar Romero and Douglass Dumbrille reprising their film roles. See more »


Referenced in Love on the Run (1936) See more »

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Superb historical drama with great Arliss performance
14 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

A superb political screenplay, as boasts all those films surrounding Arliss' creations of great men from the past. One of his greatest performances. Here he acts mainly with his eyes – one can almost see the wheels turning, see him thinking, plotting his next move. The great voice is there of course, but the crafty eyes carry his interpretation of the character.

The time is 1630. Arliss first appears from a distance, it could be a double, at 7 minutes into the film, but his entrance as an actor occurs at 14 minutes into the plot. Good production values. Edward Arnold believable as King Louis XIII. The plotting for power is clear and understandable as it twists and turns. Interesting that Gaston, the King's brother and lusting for power, echoes England's Henry II's proclamation re Becket, "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest? Or words to that effect.

Interesting in that Arliss worked for both studios, Fox and 20th Century, before the merger that same year. One of the few Arliss films available commercially and recently released.

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