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The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 September 1934 (USA)
After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

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Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... Edmond Dantes
Elissa Landi ... Mercedes
Louis Calhern ... De Villefort Jr.
Sidney Blackmer ... Mondego
Raymond Walburn ... Danglars
O.P. Heggie ... Abbe Faria
Irene Hervey ... Valentine
Georgia Caine ... Mme. De Rosas
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Morrel
Lawrence Grant ... De Villefort Sr.
Luis Alberni ... Jacopo
Douglas Walton ... Albert
Juliette Compton ... Clothilde
Clarence Wilson Clarence Wilson ... Fouquet
Eleanor Phelps Eleanor Phelps ... Haydee
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Edmond Dantes is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If without trial, for carrying a message from Napoleon in exile on Elba. After being told that he died in prison, his fiancé Mercedes is forced to marry his rival Count Mondego. Twenty years later, Dantes escapes with the help of the Abbe Faria, who leaves him the treasure of Monte Cristo. Dantes, now called the Count of Monte Cristo, plans his revenge on the three who framed him. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Rätsel von Monte Christo See more »

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Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the version that "V" in "V for Vendetta" claimed to be his favorite film. See more »

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Edmond Dantes tells Abbe Faria that he has been imprisoned since February 28, 1815. Just before the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815, the full-screen shot of Dantes' s supposed Death Certificate shows its date as March 15, 1824. See more »

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Fernand de Mondego: My son, you are now a viscount.
Albert, Age 8: But I don't want to be a viscount. I want to be a sailor.
Fernand de Mondego: You'll be a viscount on your father's side.
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Classy Telling Of Classic Tale
22 July 2005 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Fabulously wealthy and mysterious, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO becomes intimately involved in the lives of three powerful men in Paris.

Alexander Dumas' classic novel comes to abridged life in this powerful adventure film. There is very little swashbuckling and a good deal of talk, but it is all done so intelligently and the film, with its lavish production values, is so entertaining to watch that the diminution of dash & drama is easily overlooked.

Robert Donat portrays stalwart Edmond Dantes, the much abused hero, from a young ship's officer caught up in Napoleonic intrigue, to a wretched inmate doomed to oblivion in a hideous prison, and finally the middle-aged and tremendously powerful Count, and he plays it all exceedingly well. This is an actor, now in danger of becoming somewhat obscure, who performed valiantly in films throughout his career, consistently providing characterizations worth watching.

Donat dominates the film; in support are Elissa Landi as the woman who never gives up loving him; Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer & Raymond Walburn as the three men from Marseilles who each have their own reasons for wanting Donat dead; and elderly O. P. Heggie as the saintly priest who becomes Donat's mentor & friend in prison.

Smaller roles are vividly enacted by Lionel Belmore as the corrupt Governor of the Château d'If; corpulent Ferdinand Munier as a highly distraught King Louis XVIII; Luis Alberni & Clarence Muse as smugglers who become Donat's willing accomplices in his quest for revenge; Douglas Walton as Landi's conflicted son; and Holmes Herbert as the judge at Donat's Paris trial. Sour-faced Clarence Wilson appears for a few moments as a supporter of Donat.


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