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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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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 <>

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20 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Les Misérables  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This is one of only four properties that have had two different adaptations of the same material both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. This adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel stands alongside Les Misérables (2012). The other pairings were Cleopatra (1934)/Cleopatra (1963), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)/Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), and Romeo and Juliet (1936)/Romeo and Juliet (1968). The 1935 version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" was the only one of these nominees to win. See more »


Valjean's coat and cloak have dirt on them while at the White Sergeant, but is clean before and after that. See more »


Jean Valjean: [to an old woman] You want to know who I am? I'm a convict! Yeah! I served my sentence. Now my punishment begins, it seems. Look, in prison they gave me a bed of wood. Now I have one of stone.
Jean Valjean: That's what they do when they set you free!
Jean Valjean: Well, call the police, why don't you? Have me turned off this as well!
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Les Best Adaptation
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This is perhaps the best screen adaptation of the Hugo novel about crime and punishment. March is terrific as Valjean, a man subjected to ten years of imprisonment for stealing a loaf of bread. As Javert, a letter-of-the-law police inspector singularly obsessed with returning Valjean to prison for missing parole, Laughton is better than in the same year's "Mutiny on the Bounty." Hardwicke is effective in a small but pivotal role while Hudson and Beal make attractive lovers. Boleslawski, who died at age 47 only two years after directing this film, generally keeps the film from turning melodramatic and benefits from Toland's fine cinematography.

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