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Les Miserables -- Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  The fanatical Inspector Javert Relentlessly pursues Jean Valjean, an ex-convict trying to go straight.
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Richard Murphy (screenplay)
Victor Hugo (novel)
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Release Date:
14 August 1952 (USA) See more »
I sentence you to ten years in the galleys! See more »
A parole violator in early 19th Century France is relentlessly pursued and persecuted by an obsessive policeman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

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 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #15804) | 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 »
Etienne Javert:I pride myself on being a good officer.
Jean Valjean:That's very good. Only I'm afraid you'll get little practice here, Inspector Javert. We're a quiet town.
Etienne Javert:I have heard this, yet there is crime everywhere, monsieur.
Jean Valjean:And filth also if one looks hard enough.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Well done, 5 September 2010
Author: sligocait from United States

This is my favorite version of this story, and Michael Rennie is wonderful as Jean Valjean. Robert Newton is also at his crusty best as Javert, his relentless pursuer. I have never seen Rennie give a bad performance and this movie was one of his best, made right as his film career in the US was taking off. The supporting cast is also excellent, and the conflict that arises within Valjean as his feelings of fatherly love for Cosette become romantic feelings that he cannot act upon add to the tension of the film and make for a very complex performance from a gifted actor.

I heartily recommend this movie to anyone, and if you are a fan of Michael Rennie and/or of Robert Newton, you won't be disappointed in either of them. ENJOY!!

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