Review: ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’

Monte Cristo is a near-perfect blend of thrilling action and grand dialog, both of which elements are inherent in Alexandre Dumas' original story.

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.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Production

Reliance/United Artists. Director Rowland V. Lee; Producer Edward Small; Screenplay Philip Dunne, Dan Totheroh, Rowland V. Lee; Camera Peverell Marley; Music Alfred Newman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Robert Donat Elissa Landi Louis Calhern Sidney Blackmer Raymond Walburn O. P. Heggie
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