Les Misérables (1935) Online
This is by far the best version of Les Misérables ever made in my opinion and the critics. Charles Laughton makes this movie, but literally every scene and every character add to this amazing film. If you have never seen a Charles Laughton movie this one will get you hooked. His portrayal of Inspector Javert is 2nd to none. He tracks the wanted man Jean Valjean throughout the movie and the twists and turns are so well done even you movie buffs will not see what's coming. The movie takes you through Valjeans life and many crossroads that shape his life. My words don't do this movie justice. This is a must see Drama. The scene with the priest always gets to me, be sure to catch all the dialog. This movie will make you laugh though it is not a comedy. It will make you mad. It will move your heart in a good way. You will become many of the characters as you watch the film. The less you know about the film the better in my opinion which is why my summary is so vague on details. You can ...
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Fredric March||-||Jean Valjean / Champmathieu|
|Charles Laughton||-||Inspector Emile Javert|
|Cedric Hardwicke||-||Bishop Bienvenue (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)|
|Jessie Ralph||-||Madame Magloire|
|Mary Forbes||-||Mlle. Baptiseme|
|Jane Kerr||-||Madame Thenardier|
|Marilyn Knowlden||-||Little Cosette (as Marilynne Knowlden)|
Florence Eldridge, who plays Fantine, was Fredric March's wife in real life. They were married from 1927 until March's death in 1975.
This is one of only five properties that have had two different adaptations of the same material both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film. This adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel stands alongside Les Misérables (2012). The other pairings were Cleopatra (1934)/Cleopatra (1963), Meuterei auf der Bounty (1935)/Meuterei auf der Bounty (1962), Moulin Rouge (1952)/Moulin Rouge(2001) and Romeo und Julia (1936)/Romeo und Julia (1968). The 1935 version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" was the only one of these nominees to win.
The last film 20th Century Pictures made before it merged with the Fox Film Corporation to form 20th Century-Fox.
Part of the 1832 riots scenes had to be reshot, because some of the extras who played rioters could be seen chewing gum in the dailies.
There are numerous changes to the novel, including: reducing Valjean's prison term to 10 years (1800-1810) instead of 19 (1796-1815), abridging the ordeals of Fantine (probably to conform to Hays Office Code), having Cosette learn Valjean's true identity at the start, changing the backstory of Eponine from street urchin to secretary, and stating the students' goal to be law reform rather than overthrow of the government. The streetwise little boy Gavroche, a popular character from the novel, is not shown at all.
This was Fox's production head Darryl F. Zanuck's attempt to beat MGM at its own game. MGM had scored several successes with adaptations of literary classics like David Copperfield (1935) and Vier Schwestern (1933) under the aegis of wunderkind producer David O. Selznick. This also afforded Zanuck the opportunity to provide his latest star, Fredric March, with a high-class production.
This is one of the few versions to give Javert a first name: Émile.
Charles Laughton had a banner year in 1935, with three of his films being box office successes and nominated for Best Film Academy Awards. Those films were this one, Meuterei auf der Bounty (1935) and Ein Butler in Amerika (1935).
This was the first of two adaptations of the novel to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The second was Les Misérables (2012).