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Madame X (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 17 August 1929 (USA)
A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.


Lionel Barrymore


Alexandre Bisson (from the play by), Willard Mack (dialogue)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Louis Floriot
Ruth Chatterton ... Jacqueline
Raymond Hackett ... Raymond Floriot
Holmes Herbert ... Noel
Eugenie Besserer ... Rose
John P. Edington John P. Edington ... Doctor
Mitchell Lewis ... Colonel Hanby
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Laroque (as Ullric Haupt)
Sidney Toler ... Merivel
Richard Carle ... Perissard
Carroll Nye ... Darrell
Claude King ... Valmorin (as Claud King)
Chappell Dossett Chappell Dossett ... Judge


Young Raymond Floriot, following in his father Louis Floriot's professional footsteps, he now France's attorney general, has just passed the bar exam. Raymond's first case, appointed to him by the courts, is a murder case. His pitiful and poor Jane Doe client, who refers to herself only as Madame X, admits to killing the scoundrel of a man named Laroque, but won't disclose why or in turn defend herself in court. Raymond knows nothing of her past, which includes once being a woman of class, married to man of prestige. But that marriage ended because he treated her without love, which resulted in her leaving him for another man, who in turn passed away shortly thereafter. Her first marriage produced a son, who her husband refused to let her see. Her son never knew she was alive, he being told by his father that she died. The consequence of his action left Madame X on a downward path where she never found love. Now, in turn, she hopes her silence will protect the one that she really ... Written by Huggo

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Starved for Love- but Refused- She Gave Herself to ANY Man! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Journal, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 1 August 1929) See more »




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Did You Know?


No music is heard under the opening or closing credits of Madame X, which was the result of a short-lived practice in which studios expected the local theater musicians to provide live accompaniment to the opening credits of sound films. Keyboardists and orchestras were still working in the theaters in the late 1920s providing music for silent films still in distribution. Live music was a way to make the screening more of a special event and not a purely "canned" presentation. See more »


Jacqueline: Bring me some absinthe.
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Referenced in The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931) See more »

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I really enjoyed this old antique
20 November 2005 | by barry-mel45See all my reviews

I really liked this old antique! Even though the heavy theatrics of Ruth Chatterton, Lewis Stone, and Raymond Hackett showed through, it was interesting in getting people's emotions involved circa 1929. Remember this was the early talkie period and the actors were still projecting their emotions, feelings, excitement, etc from the more familiar silent period....talkies were the new medium but feelings, emotions came out from the silent mode. I thought the spoken dialog to be excellent even though stagy. The whole production, photography, lighting, camera work was also outstanding. Overall it was a very good melodramatic, emotional, and provoked much sympathy and feelings. I'm for one enjoy the early talkie period with all its antique, splendid grandeur. Lets dust off more of these films for our future movie and theater historic buffs!!

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Release Date:

17 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absinthe See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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