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Les Miserables (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 14 August 1952 (USA)
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A parole violator in early 19th Century France is relentlessly pursued and persecuted by an obsessive policeman.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... Jean Valjean
Debra Paget ... Cosette
Robert Newton ... Etienne Javert
Edmund Gwenn ... Bishop Courbet
Sylvia Sidney ... Fantine
Cameron Mitchell ... Marius
Elsa Lanchester ... Madame Magloire
James Robertson Justice ... Robert
Joseph Wiseman ... Genflou
Rhys Williams ... Brevet
Florence Bates ... Madame Bonnet
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Storyline

After stealing a loaf a bread to feed a starving family, Jean Valjean is sentenced to ten years at hard labor as a galley slave. There he is taught to read and write by another prisoner and meets Javert, an obsessive policeman who was himself born to convict parents aboard a prison ship. After his release, Valjean is treated as a pariah but finally finds shelter in the home of a kindly bishop. Valjean repays the clergyman's generosity by stealing his silver plate. He is apprehended by the authorities and returned to the bishop but is amazed when the kindly old priest tells them that the valuable plates were a gift. This becomes a transforming experience for the ex-convict, who establishes himself under an assumed name in a small country village as factory manager and ultimately mayor. Unfortunately the newly-promoted Javert is assigned there as chief inspector. Although he doesn't recognize his old nemesis at first, the two clash over Javert's overzealous prosecution of the letter of ... Written by duke1029

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Victor Hugo's classic flames anew!...Of Jean Valjean, the hunted! Of Javert, the hunter, who hounded him from here to eternity! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

14 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Miserables See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,398,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Elsa Lanchester, who plays Madame Magloire, was married to Charles Laughton, the Etienne Javert of the 1935 version of Les Misérables (1935). See more »

Quotes

Bishop Courbet: It is the giver who receives the benefit of the gift, my son.
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involving drama, rather good, and true to the novel
14 October 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

With Michael Rennie as Valjean and Robert Newton - in a subdued and tense performance - as Javert, this version of Victor Hugo's great novel is involving, intelligent, touching, and passionate.

In comparison to the 1935 version with March and Laughton, this film stands up well, and looks good, with a literate script. Some characters from the novel are omitted for time constraints, but their absence is not missed.

A good and sturdy version then, not without flaws but carried forward by strong performances, particularly that of Newton, who fits the part of Javert extremely well.


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