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Les Miserables (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 14 August 1952 (USA)
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A parole violator in early 19th Century France is relentlessly pursued and persecuted by an obsessive policeman.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... Jean Valjean
Debra Paget ... Cosette
Robert Newton ... Etienne Javert
Edmund Gwenn ... Bishop Courbet
Sylvia Sidney ... Fantine
Cameron Mitchell ... Marius
Elsa Lanchester ... Madame Magloire
James Robertson Justice ... Robert
Joseph Wiseman ... Genflou
Rhys Williams ... Brevet
Florence Bates ... Madame Bonnet
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Storyline

After stealing a loaf a bread to feed a starving family, Jean Valjean is sentenced to ten years at hard labor as a galley slave. There he is taught to read and write by another prisoner and meets Javert, an obsessive policeman who was himself born to convict parents aboard a prison ship. After his release, Valjean is treated as a pariah but finally finds shelter in the home of a kindly bishop. Valjean repays the clergyman's generosity by stealing his silver plate. He is apprehended by the authorities and returned to the bishop but is amazed when the kindly old priest tells them that the valuable plates were a gift. This becomes a transforming experience for the ex-convict, who establishes himself under an assumed name in a small country village as factory manager and ultimately mayor. Unfortunately the newly-promoted Javert is assigned there as chief inspector. Although he doesn't recognize his old nemesis at first, the two clash over Javert's overzealous prosecution of the letter of ... Written by duke1029

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Exactly as Victor Hugo wrote it! See more »


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Trivia

Elsa Lanchester, who plays Madame Magloire, was married to Charles Laughton, the Etienne Javert of the 1935 version of Les Misérables (1935). See more »

Quotes

Bishop Courbet: It is the giver who receives the benefit of the gift, my son.
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Connections

Version of Les Misérables (1943) See more »

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A very good but not GREAT version with the exception of the great Robert Newton as Javert.
28 August 2001 | by countryway_48864See all my reviews

The REAL reason to see this film is to watch Robert Newton as Javert. Javert was a gypsy born in prison who, by shear force of will on his part, has gotten himself into a position of power. He is inflexible and Spartan in his life style and expects as much or more of himself than he does his acquaintances, (he has no friends), and those he rules over.

The problem with the film is that Michael Rene is nothing like Hugo's massive peasant, Valjean. Jean Valjean was a stocky, broad-shouldered, barrel-chested man of only average height and a low center of gravity, Not the tall, slender, elegant Rene. AND, Rene was only an average actor. Deborah Paget couldn't act at all, she was there for pure decoration value.

See this film for Newton's Javert. He is superb.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

14 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,398,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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