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Richard Murphy (screenplay)
Victor Hugo (novel)
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Release Date:
14 August 1952 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Rennie ... Jean Valjean

Debra Paget ... Cosette

Robert Newton ... Etienne Javert

Edmund Gwenn ... Bishop Courbet

Sylvia Sidney ... Fantine

Cameron Mitchell ... Marius

Elsa Lanchester ... Madame Magloire

James Robertson Justice ... Robert

Joseph Wiseman ... Genflou

Rhys Williams ... Brevet
Florence Bates ... Madame Bonnet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Valjean's Coachman (uncredited)
Merry Anders ... Cicely (uncredited)
Roger Anderson ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Charlotte Austin ... Student (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Judge (uncredited)
George Barrows ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Jack Baston ... Policeman (uncredited)
Benita Booth ... Mother (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Citizen (uncredited)
Sanders Clark ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Student (uncredited)
John Costello ... Cochepaille (uncredited)
William Cottrell ... Dupuy (uncredited)
James Craven ... Vero (uncredited)
William Dalzell ... Citizen (uncredited)
Herbert Deans ... French Officer (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Bosun (uncredited)
James Dime ... Convent Gardner (uncredited)
John Dodsworth ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Noel - Student (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Nun (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Silversmith (uncredited)
Michael Granger ... Policeman (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Baker (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Pottery Worker (uncredited)
June Hillman ... Mother Superior (uncredited)

Robert Hyatt ... Gavroche (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Judge (uncredited)
Charles Keane ... Corporal (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Valjean's Maid (uncredited)
Alfred Linder ... Genet (uncredited)
Stanley Logan ... Judge (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Defense Lawyer (uncredited)
Moyna MacGill ... Nun (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Mentou Sr. (uncredited)
Sean McClory ... Bamtasbois (uncredited)
Guy Miali ... Pottery Worker (uncredited)
Jerry Miley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jimmy Moss ... Jacques Mentou (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Citizen (uncredited)
John O'Malley ... Worker (uncredited)
Tudor Owen ... Citizen (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Captain (uncredited)
Jack Reitzen ... Henri (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Bonnet (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Man (uncredited)
Lewis L. Russell ... Waiter (uncredited)
John Sherman ... Town Corporal (uncredited)
Jean Vachon ... Nun (uncredited)

Norma Varden ... Madame Courbet (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Trevor Ward ... Clerk (uncredited)
Patsy Weil ... Cosette - Age 7 (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Victor Wood ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
Richard Murphy (screenplay)

Victor Hugo (novel "Les Miserables")

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle 
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler  (as Hugh Fowler)
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... assistant production manager
R.L. Hough .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gerd Oswald .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Other crew
Serge Bertensson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1952) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Elsa Lanchester, who plays Madame Magloire was married to Charles Laughton, the Etienne Javert of the 1935 version of Les Misérables (1935).See more »
Jean Valjean:But this is common humanity! Are you a machine?
Etienne Javert:I am an officer of the law doing my duty. I have no choice in the matter. It makes no difference what I think or feel or want. It has nothing to do with me - nothing! Can't you see that?
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Version of Aa mujo: Zempen (1929)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
No Love For Javert, 15 September 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Michael Rennie and Robert Newton have a go at playing the classic roles of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in another version of Les Miserables. The story was far better told on Broadway and in the 1935 film with Fredric March and Charles Laughton.

Not the fault of the actors, Michael Rennie is the restrained voice of civilized humanity in Jean Valjean, proof that a man can overcome a bad start in life and make a contribution to mankind's betterment. Holding the opposite view of course is Robert Newton as the ruthless Inspector Javert who in fact did have a bad upbringing, the child of a convict, but refuses to believe that anyone else can. His negative view of mankind doesn't bring anyone any love in their lives. This I've always felt is the key to Javert be he played by Charles Laughton or Robert Newton.

What I didn't like and was not in the March/Laughton version was the idea that the Valjean character had more than a fatherly interest in Cosette, the child of the doomed Fantine who Valjean adopts. Those are the major female roles in Les Miserables and are played here by Debra Paget and Sylvia Sidney respectively and well. I don't think it was necessary at all to have Paget's young suitor, revolutionary student Cameron Mitchell make that accusation.

It's not a bad film, but after March and Laughton this one seems like a local stock company production.

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