Count of Monte Cristo

Count of Monte Cristo

Director: Rowland V. Lee, Wilfred Lucas

Cast: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi

     
 

Few famous novels have been filmed as often as Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo--and few versions are as enjoyable as this 1934 adaptation starring Robert Donat. Donat plays Edmond Dantes, wrongly accused of a plot against the post-Napoleonic French government. Condemned to a prison cell in the impenetrable Chateau D'If, Dantes vows vengeance againstSee more details below

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Few famous novels have been filmed as often as Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo--and few versions are as enjoyable as this 1934 adaptation starring Robert Donat. Donat plays Edmond Dantes, wrongly accused of a plot against the post-Napoleonic French government. Condemned to a prison cell in the impenetrable Chateau D'If, Dantes vows vengeance against the four conspirators who framed him. He is particularly anxious to give his ex-friend Mondego (Sidney Blackmer) his comeuppance, since it was Mondego who married Dantes' fiancee Mercedes (Elissa Landi). Twelve years pass; with the help of ancient fellow prisoner Abbe Foria (O.P. Heggie), Dantes digs his way out of the Chateau D'If and escapes. He finds the treasure of Monte Cristo, which makes him the wealthiest man in the world. He uses his riches to put his plan of revenge into motion, methodically destroying every one of his enemies. Though he lives for vengeance, Dantes--alias the Count of Monte Cristo--has his humanity restored by the love of Mercede, who despite her marriage has always remained spiritually faithful to him. According to publicity, the 1955 TV series based on The Count of Monte Cristo was filmed on the standing sets from the 1934 film. This might well have been true, since both film and series were produced by Edward Small.

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Editorial Reviews

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The best of the numerous adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' larger-than-life tale, 1934's The Count of Monte Cristo faithfully retells the story of the betrayed and wrongfully imprisoned Edmond Dantes. Though the film's tacked-on happy ending may seem a little weak by today's standards, Count provides ample reasons why Dumas and his timeless themes of faith, love and vengeance continue to spawn popular adaptations, such as 1998's Man in the Iron Mask. Directors Rowland V. Lee and Wilfred Lucas do an excellent job of visualizing Dumas' imaginative settings; no expenses were spared on the lavish sets. In the title role, Robert Donat heads up a perfect cast; the role made the Englishman a Hollywood star, and he was offered several other high-profile, swashbuckling roles before his debilitating asthma forced him back home.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
UPC:
0759731413329
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Henstooth Video
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
9,514

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Donat Edmond Dantes
Elissa Landi Mercedes de Rosas
Louis Calhern Raymond de Villefort Jr.
Sidney Blackmer Mondego
Raymond Walburn Danglars
O.P. Heggie Abbe Foria
William Farnum Captain Leclere
Georgia Caine Mme. De Rosas
Walter Walker Morrel
Lawrence Grant De Villefort, Sr.
Luis Alberni Jacopo
Irene Hervey Valentine de Villefort
Julie Compton Clothilde
Clarence H. Wilson Fouquet
Eleanor Phelps HayJee
Ferdinand Munier Louis XVII
Holmes Herbert Judge
Paul Irving Napoleon
Mitchell Lewis Captain Vampa
Clarence Muse Ali
Leon Ames Actor
Lionel Belmore Prison Governor
Douglas Walton Albert de Mondego

Technical Credits
Rowland V. Lee Director,Screenwriter
Wilfred Lucas Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Edward Small Producer
Dan Totheroh Screenwriter
Grant Whytock Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Count of Monte Cristo
1. Start [13:19]
2. Urgent Message [7:40]
3. Imprisoned [8:21]
4. A Bad Marriage [13:05]
5. Escape Plan [8:55]
6. Rescued [5:36]
7. Justice [5:50]
8. In Paris [7:50]
9. On Target [8:09]
10. 3 Tableaux [12:31]
11. Ruined [11:50]
12. A Duel [9:44]

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