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The Count of Monte Cristo [DVD] [1934]

  • SKU: 19752651
  • Release Date: 02/07/2012
  • Rating: NR

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    The Count of Monte Cristo
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Robert Donat
      Robert Donat - Edmond Dantes
    • Elissa Landi
      Elissa Landi - Mercedes de Rosas
    • Louis Calhern
      Louis Calhern - Raymond de Villefort Jr.
    • Raymond Walburn
      Raymond Walburn - Danglars
    • O.P. Heggie
      O.P. Heggie - Abbe Foria

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie, Not so good copy

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      The Count of Monte Cristo is very good book. This 1934 screen rendition is very good, also. Although it doesn't cover every detail in the novel, it covers most the themes. It was well produced for the day, and the acting was very good. If you like fictional movies that are based on history this is a great one to watch. My only disappointment is with this DVD copy I bought. It is not the best; it is as though whoever produced the DVD did so from a not so well preserved copy of the film. The video is a little grainy, but, the audio is okay. But, it is not so bad that you can't watch it. However, the copy I have saved on my Comcast cable box is much better, clearer video and cleaner audio.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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