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Redemption (1930)

Fedya wins Lisa away from her fiance, Victor Karenin. But after Fedya weds Lisa, he becomes infatuated with a gypsy girl, Masha. His duplicity leads to tragedy.


Fred Niblo, Lionel Barrymore (uncredited)


Dorothy Farnum (screenplay), Arthur Hopkins (play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Fedya Protasoff
Renée Adorée ... Masha
Conrad Nagel ... Victor Karenin
Eleanor Boardman ... Lisa Protasoff
Claire McDowell ... Anna Pavlovna
Nigel De Brulier ... Petushkov
Tully Marshall ... Artimiev
Mack Swain ... Magistrate
Erville Alderson ... Bearded Mariner in Cafe
George Spelvin George Spelvin ... Magistrate
Sidney Bracey ... Waiter
Richard Alexander ... Policeman (as Dick Alexander)
Charles Quatermaine Charles Quatermaine ... Artimiev
Agostino Borgato Agostino Borgato ... Petushkov


Fedya wins Lisa away from her fiance, Victor Karenin. But after Fedya weds Lisa, he becomes infatuated with a gypsy girl, Masha. His duplicity leads to tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

2 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den sista utvägen See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Redemption" by Arthur Hopkins based on the Leo Tolstoy novel opened at the Plymouth Theater on October 3, 1918 and ran for 204 performances. See more »


Version of Zhivoy trup (1911) See more »

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Gilbert Was Fine in the Flawed Redemption
9 February 2018 | by baitken-00409See all my reviews

John Gilbert's was in fine voice in Redemption, although the film itself was badly edited (particularly the opening scene of gypsies in a park) and more than a little morbid. It seems that MGM tries to undermine Gilbert by spreading negative rumors about his voice in hopes of getting out of their contract with them, which bound them to pay him ten (10) times per picture what he earned when Greta Garbo insisted that he be her co-star, after his MGM contract had ended, in 1933's Queen Christina. And if anyone doubts that Louis B. Mayer had it in for Gilbert, just listen to the interview on this subject given years later by Hollywood Director King Vidor. And note that rather than putting both Garbo's and Gilbert's names above the title in Queen Christina, as had been done with their successful silent films, only Garbo was listed above the title. And their publicity for the film (eg its Posters) did not even list Gilbert among the cast. In fact, Gilbert had a fine and interesting voice, which was perhaps too elegant and less casual than it might have been. His voice was deeper and more resonant than a number of the stars making their first sound films in 1929-30, eg. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr. and especially Charles Farrell, who truly had a high tenor voice, but nonetheless acted in Hollywood into the 1950s. Most comparable was Robert Montgomery's voice, which although a bit higher than Gilbert's was more casual. Happily for us, John Gilbert made a total of 11 sound films and I particularly recommend The Phantom of Paris (1931), Downstairs (1932), Queen Christina (1933) and The Captain Hates the Sea (1934).

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