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The Son of Monte Cristo -- In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France...

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Director:
Writer:
George Bruce (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 January 1941 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
A must see for swashbuckler devotees See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louis Hayward ... Edmund Dantes Jr.

Joan Bennett ... Grand Duchess Zona of Lichtenburg

George Sanders ... Gen. Gurko Lanen
Florence Bates ... Countess Mathilde Von Braun
Lionel Royce ... Col. Zimmerman
Montagu Love ... Prime Minister Baron Von Neuhoff

Ian Wolfe ... Conrad Stadt (as Ian Mac Wolfe)

Clayton Moore ... Lt. Fritz Dorner
Ralph Byrd ... William Gluck
Georges Renavent ... Marquis de Chatante
Michael Visaroff ... Prince Paul Pavlov

Rand Brooks ... Hans Mirbach
Theodore von Eltz ... Captain
James Seay ... Lt. Stone

Henry Brandon ... Lt. Schultz
Jack Mulhall ... Schmidt
Edward Keane ... Turnkey
Ernie Adams ... Informer
Stanley Andrews ... Turnkey
Maurice Cass ... Max, Tailor
Michael Mark ... Archbishop
Charles Trowbridge ... Priest
Ted Oliver ... Turnkey
Wyndham Standing ... Chamberlain
Lionel Belmore ... Hercules Snyder
Margaret Fealy ... Mrs. Snyder
Charles Waldron ... Kurt Mirbach (as Chas. Waldron Sr.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Barrows ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Extra in Mirbach's Shop (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Max (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Guard (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Guard (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Friend of Von Neuhoff (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Pavlov's Secretary (uncredited)

Lawrence Grant ... The Baron (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Guard (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Wedding Guard (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Bit Role (uncredited)
George Lollier ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Friend of Von Neuhoff (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Officer (uncredited)
Dirk Thane ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowland V. Lee 
 
Writing credits
George Bruce (screenplay)

Alexandre Dumas père  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Rowland V. Lee .... producer
Edward Small .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
George Robinson 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Roberts  (as Arthur E. Roberts)
 
Production Design by
John DuCasse Schulze 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
 
Costume Design by
Edward P. Lambert 
 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup director
 
Production Management
Val Paul .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Boyle .... assistant director
Lambert Hillyer .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Charles Althouse .... sound
Richard V. Heermance .... re-recording editor (as Richard Heermance)
 
Special Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Grant Whytock .... assistant to producer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
Thirteen years after making this film, in which he played the villainous ruler of a fictitious country called "Lichtenburg" (an obvious combination of the real-life small countries Lichtenstein and Luxemburg), George Sanders played a sympathetic role in the musical "Call Me Madam," also set in "Lichtenburg."See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Colonel Zimmerman:Turnkey! Bring out the prisoner William Gluck.
Turnkey:Yes, Colonel.
[opens cell]
Turnkey:Come out!
William Gluck:I thought you were in a hurry to get me in.
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A must see for swashbuckler devotees, 15 May 2001
Author: rsoonsa (rsoonsa@bandbbooks.com) from Mountain Mesa, California

Screenwriter George Bruce concocted a pastiche with affection in this film, wherein each scene and, indeed, each read line of dialogue is parodic in nature, although the work is so well crafted and edited that it has been accepted as simply an example of a swashbuckling adventure featuring some major studio players, including Louis Hayward and Joan Bennett. The plot involves a contest between Hayward, as the Count of Monte Cristo, and the redoubtable George Sanders as his rival, Gurko Lanen, for the hand of Bennett, who portrays Zona, Grand Duchess of the imaginary Balkan state of Lichtenburg, during the mid-nineteenth century, and ancillary issues involving Lanen's craving for the small state's throne. The three leads give full-bodied performances with straight-forward interpretations appropriate to a pastiche, while Hayward's rapid-fire intonation and expressions create a unique characterization, contrasted nicely with Sanders' satiny villain, all supported well by numerous Hollywood stalwarts, notably Ian Wolfe, Montague Love and Clayton Moore. Direction by Rowland W. Lee perfectly matches the clever Bruce scenario, and the cinematography by George Robinson, production design by John Schulze, set decoration by Edward Boyle (the latter two Academy award winners for their efforts) and the Saturday matinee serial music of Edward Ward are about as pertinent as can be imaginable, while the excellent print enhances a neatly packaged tale of derring-do.

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