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The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... Edmond Dantes
Elissa Landi ... Mercedes
Louis Calhern ... De Villefort Jr.
Sidney Blackmer ... Mondego
Raymond Walburn ... Danglars
O.P. Heggie ... Abbe Faria
Irene Hervey ... Valentine
Georgia Caine ... Mme. De Rosas
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Morrel
Lawrence Grant ... De Villefort Sr.
Luis Alberni ... Jacopo
Douglas Walton ... Albert
Juliette Compton ... Clothilde
Clarence Wilson ... Fouquet
Eleanor Phelps Eleanor Phelps ... Haydee
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Storyline

Edmond Dantes is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If without trial, for carrying a message from Napoleon in exile on Elba. After being told that he died in prison, his fiancé Mercedes is forced to marry his rival Count Mondego. Twenty years later, Dantes escapes with the help of the Abbe Faria, who leaves him the treasure of Monte Cristo. Dantes, now called the Count of Monte Cristo, plans his revenge on the three who framed him. Written by Will Gilbert

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Alexandre Dumas' Immortal Classic! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Rätsel von Monte Christo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,270,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fredric March was the original choice for the title role. See more »

Goofs

During the fencing duel between Dantes and Mondego, in one brief shot near the end Sidney Blackmer holds his sword in his left hand instead of his right, which he does in the rest of the scene. This was obviously a shown in reverse as is often done to add footage. See more »

Quotes

Edmond Dantes: [referring to the now-insane Danglars] A mental suicide, doctor.
Doctor: Mental suicide?
Edmond Dantes: Yes. He destroyed his mind with an overdose of two deadly poisons.
Doctor: Poisons!
Edmond Dantes: Avarice and Greed
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1913) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1792)
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enduringly good
8 January 2014 | by mukava991See all my reviews

This briskly paced, attractively packaged version of the Dumas classic continues to stand the test of time, owing in large part to Robert Donat, an actor for the ages, and a supporting cast which includes the able Louis Calhern as Donat's strongest enemy, the florid Raymond Walburn as the weakest, and the aristocratic beauty Elissa Landi as the love interest. The story itself is melodrama at its best, with the hook of an innocent man not only wronged by self-seeking villains but wronged in a spectacularly cold-blooded, inhuman manner: railroaded to a veritable dungeon for a crime he did not commit and left to rot forever, only to be saved by a chance encounter with a noble fellow prisoner who bequeaths to him the location of a hidden treasure which he uncovers after a daring escape from his confinement. And then, using his vast fortune, he plots a great act of justice for his enemies, now prominent personages of great corruption, not by stooping to their level, but by cleverly manipulating them into self-exposure and ultimate destruction.


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