Les Misérables (1935)

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In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.


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Frances Drake ...
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Jane Kerr ...
Jessie Ralph ...
Mary Forbes ...
Mlle. Baptiseme
Florence Roberts ...
Charles Haefeli ...
John Bleifer ...


Jean Valjean, a Frenchman of good character and great strength, is convicted of stealing a loaf of bread, an act that sets in motion a lifetime of misery for Valjean, as he is pursued by the uncompromising and brutal lawman Javert. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

20 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Misérables  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The last film 20th Century Pictures made before it merged with the Fox Film Corporation to form 20th Century-Fox. See more »


At c. 38 minutes Jean Valjean arrives at the inn spotlessly clean after wallowing in mud freeing a man trapped in a coach on his way there. See more »


Jean Valjean: How do you know I won't murder you in the night?
Bishop Bienvenu: [remains calm] Well, how do you know I won't murder you?
Jean Valjean: Nah...
Bishop Bienvenu: You have faith in me it seems. And I must have faith in you, musnt' I? Good night.
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Hollywood at its best!
8 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1935 version of "Les Miserables" is perhaps the finest film ever produced during Hollywood's golden age. Highlighted by superb acting from three of the greatest English-speaking actors ever to appear on film (March, Laughton and Hardwicke), a superb script and outstanding production values, this 20h Century Fox production has more than stood the test of time. Now released on DVD, it is available for modern audiences to view and compare to other filmed and staged versions of this classic Victor Hugo tale. Even now, 73 years after it was filmed, it never fails to move the viewer with its extraordinarily powerful narrative. A not-to-be-missed film from Hollywood's Golden Age!

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