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Madame X (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 1 October 1937 (USA)
Thrown out of her home after her husband discovers her infidelity, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on revealing her degraded ... See full summary »

Directors:

Sam Wood, Gustav Machatý (uncredited)

Writers:

John Meehan (screen play), Alexandre Bisson (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gladys George ... Jacqueline Fleuriot
Warren William ... Bernard Fleuriot
John Beal ... Raymond Fleuriot
Reginald Owen ... Maurice Dourel
William Henry ... Hugh Fariman Jr.
Henry Daniell ... Lerocle
Phillip Reed ... Jean
Lynne Carver ... Helene
Emma Dunn ... Rose
Ruth Hussey ... Annette
Luis Alberni ... Scipio
George Zucco ... Dr. LaFarge
Cora Witherspoon ... Nora
Jonathan Hale ... Hugh Fariman Sr
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Captain Dorcas
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Thrown out of her home after her husband discovers her infidelity, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on revealing her degraded status to her husband and the son she left behind. The son, unaware of her identity, becomes her defense attorney. Written by Katharine Holden <holdencomm@gmail.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La femme X See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play originally opened in Paris, France, on 15 December 1908. An English translation of the play by John Raphael opened in New York City, New York, USA on 2 January 1910 and had 125 performances. See more »

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Referenced in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Setting Me on Fire
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Gladys George (uncredited) at Scipio's cafe
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EXHAUSTING BUT GOOD
29 October 2004 | by SLRAMSDENSee all my reviews

I loved the decency of this movie. The issues were sensitive for the time period. But, the story did show that there is a price to pay for every mistake. Although the mother/wife was briefly involved in an adulterous relationship it was not glorified or flaunted. It was a mistake that she spent the rest of the movie hiding and paying for.

There were some unexpected plot turns. At different points in the movie, I was able to sympathize with each member of this tragic family. Every character was believable. I found a reason to like or dislike each one of them. I loved how this movie made each villain a victim. It was very easy to follow each character through their lives. Although the mother/wife had many faults, the love for her son makes you love her and feel for her.


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