Under the Red Robe

Overview

Famed Swedish director Victor Sjostrom was coaxed out of retirement to direct his final film, Under the Red Robe, a swashbuckling adventure that takes place in the France of Louis XIII. Conrad Veidt stars as Gil de Berault, quick with his sword yet set for execution. But right before his sentence is carried out, Cardinal Richelieu Raymond Massey offers a stay of execution if Gil will find and kill a duke suspected of leading the revolutionary antimonarchist Huguenots. Gil tracks the duke to a castle, sneaks into ...
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Overview

Famed Swedish director Victor Sjostrom was coaxed out of retirement to direct his final film, Under the Red Robe, a swashbuckling adventure that takes place in the France of Louis XIII. Conrad Veidt stars as Gil de Berault, quick with his sword yet set for execution. But right before his sentence is carried out, Cardinal Richelieu Raymond Massey offers a stay of execution if Gil will find and kill a duke suspected of leading the revolutionary antimonarchist Huguenots. Gil tracks the duke to a castle, sneaks into the guarded fortress, and ends up falling in love with the duke's sister, Lady Marguerite Anabella. Gil now has to save the duke without bringing about his own execution.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Because of the talent connected with it, one expects Under the Red Robe to be something special -- and thus one is inevitably disappointed to find that it is, after all, only a rather run-of-the-mill swashbuckler. The aforementioned "talent" that raises expectations includes director Victor Sjostrom; actors Conrad Veidt, {Annabella and Raymond Massey; and cinematographers James Wong Howe and Georges Perinal. The last-named, at least, do not disappoint: Robe has a marvelous look to it, thanks in large part to the careful ministrations of these expert photographers. There's a full-bodied, gorgeous yet powerful feel to their work, and it adds a considerable amount to the film. One wishes that director Sjostrom could have been as inspired as his camera gurus, but sadly the extremely talented Swedish helmsman is largely uninspired here; he doesn't seem to have his heart in the matter, and so while the film is professional, it lacks spirit and drags a bit. Of course, a large portion of the blame for this lies in the screenplay, which is adequate but nothing more. Veidt is a bit miscast; he's a tad old for the part and doesn't have the natural flair for this kind of thing that Errol Flynn did. Annabella looks stunning but performs without real distinction, and Massey overplays the "heavy" role.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • UPC: 089218632890
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conrad Veidt Gil de Berault
Annabella Lady Marguerite
Raymond Massey Cardinal Richelieu
Romney Brent Marius
Sophie Stewart Elise
Wyndham Goldie Edmond
Lawrence Grant Father Joseph
Shayle Gardner Louis
Edie Martin Maria
Haddon Mason Count Rossignac
J. Fisher White Baron Breteuil
Graham [Ben] Soutten Leval
Anthony Eustrel Lt. Brissac
Des Roberts Capt. Rivarolle
Ralph Truman Captain at Castle
Eric Hales Lieutenant at Castle
Helen Mack
Jim Regan Jean
Technical Credits
Victor Sjöström Director
Arthur Benjamin Score Composer
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
James B. Clark Editor
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Kane Producer
Philip Lindsay Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter
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