Monte Cristo is a near-perfect blend of thrilling action and grand dialog, both of which elements are inherent in Alexandre Dumas’ original story.
Robert Donat is a fortunate selection for the lead. His intelligent handling of the many-sided top role hallmarks a sparkling piece of acting. Louis Calhern (De Villefort), Sidney Blackmer (Mondego) and Raymond Walburn (Danglars) are the three principal male supports in the extra large cast, and as the trio upon whom Cristo wreaks his vengeance they fill the order. Elissa Landi as Mercedes looks and acts the part, but the acting in this case isn’t as important as the looks, and Landi has had tougher assignments.