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Condemned! (1929)

Suave thief Colman is sent to Devil's Island, where he becomes romantically involved with the wife of sadistic warden Digges.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Sidney Howard (written for the screen by), Blair Niles (founded upon book "Condemned to Devil's Island")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Michel Oman
Ann Harding ... Madame Vidal
Dudley Digges ... Jean Vidal
Louis Wolheim ... Jacques Duval
William Elmer ... Pierre
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Storyline

Suave thief Colman is sent to Devil's Island, where he becomes romantically involved with the wife of sadistic warden Digges.

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A kiss that cannot be forgotten!

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Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Condemned to Devil's Island See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This is first of eight films on which both Samuel Goldwyn and Sidney Howard worked. The last was Raffles (1939). See more »

Quotes

Madame Vidal: Poor convicts. Prison! Everywhere you look here, prison! Don't you ever think of getting away from here? Across the sea? Back home?
Michel: If you mean escape, no, Madame, I do not.
Madame Vidal: If I were a prisoner, I'd escape.
Michel: No, you'd get caught.
Madame Vidal: I'd try, just the same. I'd die trying! Well, that wasn't a nice thing for me to say to you.
Michel: Why shouldn't you say it? After all, you're just as much a prisoner as I am?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The action takes place at the French Penal Colony in South America, commonly known as"Devil's Island." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Youngest Profession (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Condemned
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Meskill and Pete Wendling
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Not all that believable, but some nice scenes and Digges is great
14 October 2017 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

There is such an element of unreality to the idea that the warden at the Devil's Island penal colony would allow one of the inmates to act as a servant in his home and to be alone with his wife throughout the day, that you'll have to go into this movie suspending your disbelief. Ronald Colman is suave as the convict, and it's always a joy to see him, and here he is opposite Ann Harding, who varies between down to earth and over-emoting. The film does set the stage with some nice 'hard prison' scenes, including one of a man howling in solitary confinement, but next to Colman smooth-talking Harding, something seems off. Perhaps Colman is a little too debonair. On the other hand, the film is entertaining and worth seeing. I liked the supporting cast most, and thought that Dudley Digges turned in the best performance as the warden, angrily spewing his bile.


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