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Cardinal Richelieu (1935)

The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (play) (as Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton), Cameron Rogers (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Arliss ... Cardinal Richelieu
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lenore di Brissac
Edward Arnold ... Louis XIII
Cesar Romero ... Count Andre de Pons
Douglass Dumbrille ... Count Baradas
Francis Lister ... Prince Gaston
Halliwell Hobbes ... Father Joseph
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Queen Marie
Katharine Alexander ... Queen Anne
Robert Harrigan Robert Harrigan ... Fontrailles
Joseph R. Tozer Joseph R. Tozer ... De Bussy (as Joseph Tozer)
Lumsden Hare ... Gustavus Adolphus - King of Sweden
Russell Hicks ... Le Moyne
Keith Hitchcock Keith Hitchcock ... Duke D'Epernon (as Keith Kenneth)
Murray Kinnell ... Duke of Lorraine
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The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.

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To thwart a king's passion, he gambled the fate of a nation!

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Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kardinal Richelieu See more »

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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 23, 1939 with George Arliss, Cesar Romero and Douglass Dumbrille reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in Love on the Run (1936) See more »

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Final Hollywood feature for George Arliss
11 May 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1935's "Cardinal Richelieu" turned out to be the Hollywood finale for acclaimed British star George Arliss, so adept at portraying larger than life historical figures. Here, it's the notorious Cardinal, often depicted as a villain yet acting on behalf of King Louis XIII (Edward Arnold) to ward off treachery within his inner circle, chiefly from top aide Baradas (Douglass Dumbrille), who takes every opportunity to convince the King that Richelieu is the real enemy. While Arliss chose to film stories or plays that were old fashioned, one cannot condemn his acting as barnstorming; he remains calm and rational, coolly weighing his options before deciding on a plan of action, letting others act up a storm, unable to wrest the screen away from his commanding presence (indeed a larger than life performer, sadly underrated nowadays). The unobtrusive love interest is supplied by Maureen O'Sullivan and Cesar Romero, while among the agitators attempting to get Parisians to revolt against Richelieu is a 29 year old John Carradine, appearing at the 41 minute mark, billed 31st out of a cast numbering 36: "Down with Richelieu! He's not in favor with the King, why should we listen to him? Down with him!"


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