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The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

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.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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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 ... Fouquet
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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Trivia

Robert Donat made his only trip to Hollywood during the production of this film. Due mainly to his poor health, he was unable to travel to Hollywood again to film any of his other roles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Edmond Dantes: Please believe I've put my task above the mean level of personal vengeance. I am exposing criminals, not for their sins against myself but for their black injustices to others... not only for what they have done but for what they continue to do. They are the ones devoid of all humanity, the ones that profitted by the sufferings of others.
Mercedes de Rosas: Whom will it profit if you kill my son?
Edmond Dantes: Surely you don't think this duel part of my design!
Mercedes de Rosas: What else am I to think, knowing how skillfully you have destroyed ...
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Alternate Versions

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Connections

Version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1973) See more »

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Fast moving and suspenseful
28 May 2015 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

This takes place in 1815. Young handsome Edmond Dantes (Robert Donat) is unjustly accused of treason by three evil men. He is imprisoned but his girlfriend Mercedes (Elissa Landi) vows to wait for him. Then he is mistakenly believed to be dead and she abandons hope. He is in prison for 20 years virtually forgotten. Then with the help of another prisoner (O.P. Heggie) he escapes and vows revenge on all three of the men who wronged him. The problem is Mercedes is now married to one of them.

I never read the book so I can't compare it but this is a fast-moving and very good film. It was independently made but still has excellent production values and costumes. The story is shown in quick short sequences which move briskly ahead. Donat is excellent in the lead however he's physically all wrong for the role. He's tall and thin and was plagued by health problems all his life and it shows here occasionally. Heggie is also excellent in his role and was just a year away from playing a blind beggar in "Bride of Frankenstein". Landi unfortunately is pretty terrible as Mercedes. She comes across as unattractive and somewhat cruel. I kept wondering what Edmond saw in her. Still this is a very good movie and well worth watching. Good luck finding a clean print.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1934 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,270,000
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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