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Les Misérables (1952 film)

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Director  Lewis Milestone
Music director  Alex North
Duration  
Language  English
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History, Romance
Screenplay  Richard Murphy
Country  United States
Les Miserables (1952 film) movie poster
Release date  August 14, 1952 (1952-08-14)
Based on  Les Miserables  by Victor Hugo
Writer  Richard Murphy (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
Cast  Michael Rennie (Jean Valjean), Debra Paget (Cosette), Robert Newton (Etienne Javert), Edmund Gwenn (Bishop Courbet), Sylvia Sidney (Fantine), Cameron Mitchell (Marius)
Similar movies  Kundan (1955)

Les Misérables is a 1952 American film adapted from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and featured Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean, Robert Newton as Javert, and Sylvia Sidney as Fantine.

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Plot

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The film greatly differs from the novel. Entire episodes and many characters are dropped, including the Thénardiers and Enjolras. The character of Robert is entirely new.

Valjean serves his time on an actual galley. On leaving the bishop's house, Valjean kneels on a fallen rose. This rose becomes for him the symbol of the bishop's forgiveness (it leads him to putting back some objects he intends to steal from a goldsmith).

When rescuing one of his townspeople as Mayor Madelaine, Valjean does not lift the cart but merely stops it. Javert sets up the trial of an innocent man accused of being the escaped convict Valjean to trick Valjean into revealing himself.

Cosette sees her mother Fantine before Fantine dies. Valjean knocks out Javert before fleeing from the hospital. In the book, he accepts arrest and escapes from the city jail.

Marius and Cosette first meet at the convent when Marius is being chased by the police. Javert follows Valjean through the sewers. Valjean witnesses Javert's suicide, which ends the film.

Cast

  • Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean
  • Debra Paget as Cosette
  • Patsy Weil as Cosette (age 7)
  • Robert Newton as Javert
  • Edmund Gwenn as Bishop Myriel
  • Sylvia Sidney as Fantine
  • Cameron Mitchell as Marius
  • Elsa Lanchester as Madame Magloire
  • June Hillman as Mother Superior
  • Bobby Hyatt as Gavroche
  • James Robertson Justice as Robert (Fauchelevent)
  • Joseph Wiseman as Genflou
  • Rhys Williams as Brevet
  • Florence Bates as Madame Bonnet
  • Merry Anders as Cicely
  • John Rogers as Bonnet
  • Charles Keane as Corporal
  • John Dierkes as Bosun
  • Lewis Russell as Waiter
  • Radio adaptation

    Les Misérables was presented on Lux Radio Theatre December 22, 1952. The one-hour adaptation starred Ronald Colman, with Paget and Newton repeating their roles from the film.

    References

    Les Misérables (1952 film) Wikipedia


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