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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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I sentence you to ten years in the galleys! See more »
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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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LES MISERABLES (Lewis Milestone, 1952) *** See more (19 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
The musical version of 'Les Misérables' opened at the Broadway Theater on March 12, 1987 and ran for 6680 performances, making it the third longest running show on Broadway.See more »
Quotes:
Bishop Courbet:It is the giver who receives the benefit of the gift, my son.See more »
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Version of Aa mujo: Zempen (1929)See more »

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
LES MISERABLES (Lewis Milestone, 1952) ***, 28 May 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Watchable version of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo tale: made by the same studio (Fox), it emerges as a wholly inferior remake of the superb 1935 version – which I reviewed earlier this month. Despite Milestone’s involvement, this one displays more surface gloss than genuine style – with the script itself being much more prosaic. Still, there’s an intermittent evidence of talent throughout – for instance, in the rather effective final shot which frames the mirror image of the protagonists between the all-important candlesticks; also worth noting is the score by Alex North which, particularly at the climax, feels like a dry run for his Oscar-nominated work on SPARTACUS (1960).

Michael Rennie and Robert Newton are fine actors, but their performances here are no match for Fredric March and Charles Laughton in the earlier film; though Newton is remarkably restrained, his role has been somewhat diminished to accommodate the sappy romance involving Debra Paget and Cameron Mitchell! Besides, it’s compromised by the loss of two small but important scenes from the 1935 version which, in this case, robs the character of essential depth: a) when Javert is humiliated by his peers for his lowly background, and b) when he blackmails newly-appointed Mayor Jean Valjean, a former convict, in his office; unbelievably, it substitutes the first by having Javert’s own father serve a prison sentence on the galley to which he’s himself assigned!

Other conceptual flaws include: Edmund Gwenn’s pivotal role of the Bishop, which comes off as whimsical alongside Cedric Hardwicke’s haunting turn in the earlier film; Valjean is depicted as an illiterate who receives schooling from the intellectual played by Joseph Wiseman (his Method approach feels out of place in a 19th century French setting!); Javert’s conscience-stricken demise here is, disconcertingly, brought about by his brief conversation with James Robertson Justice (as Valjean’s right-hand man); missing from the narrative, though, is the poignant character of Eponine (whose role gave a plausible melancholia to the romantic angle in the 1935 film).

Ultimately, I wouldn’t call the 1952 LES MISERABLES unnecessary, considering that it’s made with undeniable professionalism and the fact that countless other film versions have followed it; perhaps, the late eminent critic Leslie Halliwell summed it best in his claim that it’s “lacking the spark of inspiration”.

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