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The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo falls for Zona... See full summary »

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writer:

George Bruce (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Hayward ... Edmund Dantes Jr.
Joan Bennett ... Grand Duchess Zona of Lichtenburg
George Sanders ... Gen. Gurko Lanen
Florence Bates ... Countess Mathilde Von Braun
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Col. Zimmerman
Montagu Love ... Prime Minister Baron Von Neuhoff
Ian Wolfe ... Conrad Stadt (as Ian Mac Wolfe)
Clayton Moore ... Lt. Fritz Dorner
Ralph Byrd ... William Gluck
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Marquis de Chatante
Michael Visaroff ... Prince Paul Pavlov
Rand Brooks ... Hans Mirbach
Theodore von Eltz ... Captain
James Seay ... Lt. Stone
Henry Brandon ... Lt. Schultz
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Storyline

In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo falls for Zona and undertakes to help her, masquerading as a foppish banker and a masked freedom fighter. The rest is rapid-fire intrigue and derring-do. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Montecristo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thirteen years after making this film, in which he played the villainous ruler of a fictitious country called "Lichtenburg" (an obvious combination of the real-life small countries Lichtenstein and Luxemburg), George Sanders played a sympathetic role in the musical "Call Me Madam," also set in "Lichtenburg." See more »

Goofs

The wedding invitation is for Wednesday, May 25, 1865. May 25, 1865, was a Thursday. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colonel Zimmerman: Turnkey! Bring out the prisoner William Gluck.
Turnkey: Yes, Colonel.
[opens cell]
Turnkey: Come out!
William Gluck: I thought you were in a hurry to get me in.
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Followed by The Return of Monte Cristo (1946) See more »

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Carrying a Torch for Joan Bennett
15 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Some surprisingly glorious scenery and set direction highlight "The Count of Monte Cristo". Louis Hayward cuts a fine Count (aka "The Torch"). Joan Bennett is the beautiful queen - attracting the attentions of both Mr. Hayward and a deliciously wicked George Sanders. They, and the supporting players work very well together, and keep the movie interesting.

My favorite of the many nicely envisioned scenes is when Ms. Bennett, in a garden prison, releases a bird from its cage. Cleverly symbolic. I also like the "graveyard" hiding place - decorated with skeletons. The film's ending is terrific. With a tightening of its script and a little more budget, this might have attained classic status. It's a great example of a cast and crew making the absolute most of what they were given by a studio.

******* The Son of Monte Cristo (12/5/40) Rowland V. Lee ~ Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders


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