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Madame X (1937)

Passed  -  Drama  -  1 October 1937 (USA)
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Thrown out of her home after her husband discovers her infidelity, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on revealing her degraded ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jacqueline Fleuriot
Warren William ...
Bernard Fleuriot
John Beal ...
Raymond Fleuriot
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Maurice Dourel
William Henry ...
Hugh Fariman Jr.
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Lerocle
Phillip Reed ...
Jean
Lynne Carver ...
Helene
Emma Dunn ...
Rose
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Annette
Luis Alberni ...
Scipio
George Zucco ...
Dr. LaFarge
Cora Witherspoon ...
Nora
Jonathan Hale ...
Hugh Fariman Sr
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Captain Dorcas
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Thrown out of her home after her husband discovers her infidelity, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on revealing her degraded status to her husband and the son she left behind. The son, unaware of her identity, becomes her defense attorney. Written by Katharine Holden <holdencomm@gmail.com>

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Release Date:

1 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La femme X  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The play originally opened in Paris, France, on 15 December 1908. An English translation of the play by John Raphael opened in New York City, New York, USA on 2 January 1910 and had 125 performances. See more »

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Version of Who Is She? (1910) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Setting Me on Fire
(1937)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Gladys George (uncredited) at Scipio's cafe
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1 August 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Not many cheers in this picture but lots of drinking, and drinking, etc. This must be Gladys George's best performance, even better than in "Valiant Is The Word For Carrie" (1936), for which she won an Oscar nom but is rarely on TV. The picture depicts the precipitous fall from grace of a Parisian socialite, who is turned out of her home by her unforgiving husband after an adulterous affair.

So good is she in her role as a fallen woman that the movie is almost unwatchable at times, and the lower she descends the more sympathetic she becomes. Her portrayal of a floozy is perhaps the best characterization you will ever see, especially when she is drunk. There was not one scene in which she was off the mark in this picture - she was 'spot on', as they say.

The film has a 'B' picture feel, with Warren William and John Beal in crucial roles, although I think it was probably an 'A' in its time. I was very surprised and was not expecting George's extraordinary performance. I thought she was better here than Stanwyck was in another soaper, "Stella Dallas" (1937), and she gives you a better rooting interest.


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