Under the Red Robe (1937)

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Cardinal Richelieu spares the life of a convicted duelist (Veidt) provided he will capture the leader of the Huguenots.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gil de Berault
Lady Marguerite of Fiox
Romney Brent ...
Sophie Stewart ...
Elise, Duchess of Fiox
Wyndham Goldie ...
Edmond, Duke of Fiox (as F. Wyndham Goldie)
Father Joseph
Balliol Holloway ...
Shale Gardner ...
Louis (as Shayle Gardner)
Frank Damer ...
James Regan ...
Edie Martin ...
Haddon Mason ...
Count Rossignac
J. Fisher White ...
Graham Soutten ...
Leval (as Ben Soutten)


In 1620s France, dreaded swordsman Gil de Berault returns from carrying out a mission for Cardinal Richelieu, and finds the Cardinal worried about growing opposition from the Huguenots in the south. The Cardinal also warns de Berault that dueling has been outlawed, and will henceforth be punishable by death. Gil, however, promptly disobeys the law and is indeed sentenced to death. The Cardinal offers to cancel the sentence if de Berault is able to capture the duke who is organizing plans for an uprising. Gil travels to the duke's castle and is allowed to stay as a guest, but the duke's wife and sister immediately suspect that he is a spy. He and his servant still make good progress, until he falls in love with the duke's sister, which complicates everything. Written by Snow Leopard

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Swashbucker Gil De Berault is bound for the guillotine when he is given one last chance for a pardon.




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8 November 1937 (UK)  »

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Sous la robe rouge  »

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Romney Brent (Marius) was also the Dialogue Director for this film. See more »


Lady Marguerite of Fiox: I had to hate you; because from the very first moment, I had to love you.
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Remake of Under the Red Robe (1923) See more »

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Enjoyable Period Drama with Plenty of Intrigue
30 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is an enjoyable period drama that combines a little history, some action, some romance, some dry and occasionally macabre humor, and most of all plenty of intrigue. It has an interesting historical setting, centering on the devious Cardinal Richelieu, one of history's more interesting (if hardly admirable) figures. While there isn't much here to take seriously, it is good light entertainment.

Conrad Veidt stars as a dreaded duelist under sentence of death, to whom Richelieu offers a pardon if he can bring in a Huguenot duke whose plans for an uprising have the Cardinal in a panic. Raymond Massey is very well cast as the Cardinal, and he does full justice to the role. Veidt is believable as Gil, and his deadpan style works rather well with some of the occasional lines of dry humor.

Veidt's character is accompanied by a slippery servant played with good humor by Romney Brent. The heart of the movie comes in Veidt's interactions with the duke's sister, played by Annabella, who makes her a worthy adversary for the swordsman, both with her beauty and with her brains.

Beyond the basic details of the anticipated conflict, the story relies less on the historical background than on the easily understood human drams among the characters. Veidt finds himself torn between his word, his affection for Annabella, and his fear of death. The servant and the duke's sister likewise have their own dilemmas to face, and these give some depth to the story, which is nothing deep, but is rather entertaining and interesting in its own right.

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