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Les Misérables (1935)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 20 April 1935 (USA)
In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.

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Victor Hugo (novel), W.P. Lipscomb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fredric March ... Jean Valjean / Champmathieu
Charles Laughton ... Inspector Emile Javert
Cedric Hardwicke ... Bishop Bienvenue (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Rochelle Hudson ... Cosette
Frances Drake ... Eponine
John Beal ... Marius
Florence Eldridge ... Fantine
Jessie Ralph ... Madame Magloire
Mary Forbes ... Mlle. Baptiseme
Florence Roberts ... Toussaint
Jane Kerr Jane Kerr ... Madame Thenardier
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Thenardier
Charles Haefeli Charles Haefeli ... Brevet
Marilyn Knowlden ... Little Cosette (as Marilynne Knowlden)
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Chenildieu
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This is by far the best version of Les Misérables ever made in my opinion and the critics. Charles Laughton makes this movie, but literally every scene and every character add to this amazing film. If you have never seen a Charles Laughton movie this one will get you hooked. His portrayal of Inspector Javert is 2nd to none. He tracks the wanted man Jean Valjean throughout the movie and the twists and turns are so well done even you movie buffs will not see what's coming. The movie takes you through Valjeans life and many crossroads that shape his life. My words don't do this movie justice. This is a must see Drama. The scene with the priest always gets to me, be sure to catch all the dialog. This movie will make you laugh though it is not a comedy. It will make you mad. It will move your heart in a good way. You will become many of the characters as you watch the film. The less you know about the film the better in my opinion which is why my summary is so vague on details. You can ... Written by MarkMann

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1935 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of only five properties that have had two different adaptations of the same material both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. This adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel stands alongside Les Misérables (2012). The other pairings were Cleopatra (1934)/Cleopatra (1963), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)/Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Moulin Rouge (1952)/Moulin Rouge(2001) and Romeo and Juliet (1936)/Romeo and Juliet (1968). The 1935 version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" was the only one of these nominees to win. See more »

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The prison ships are of a make discontinued before 1800. See more »

Quotes

Jean Valjean: I'm ready. All I ask is a few minutes to say good-bye.
Inspector Javert: The law allows you nothing.
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excellent adaptation from the novel
20 June 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This adaptation from the famed Victor Hugo novel came to the screen at the end of Twentieth Century's existence as a separate film company before joining with Fox Films. Starring Fredric March as Valjean and Charles Laughton as Javert, it would be worth watching just for those two, who are at the height of their acting powers in this.

Others in the cast are Florence Eldridge (Mrs Fredric March) as Fantine, Rochelle Hudson as Cosette, John Beal as Marius (a bit of a wet fish), and Ferdinand Gottschalk as Thenardier. The novel is re-interpreted and expanded to include, for example, some sense of Cosette growing up in the care of Valjean. There are also some memorable visuals - notably the court scene where Valjean reveals his identity, and the shot of the handcuffs Javert leaves behind when he goes to his (off-screen) suicide.

A worthy adaptation of a memorable and complex novel. Less obvious that some versions which have appeared in later decades, this 30s film is probably the best adaptation that has been made.


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