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Madame X (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 17 August 1929 (USA)
A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.

Director:

Lionel Barrymore

Writers:

Alexandre Bisson (from the play by), Willard Mack (dialogue)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Louis Floriot
Ruth Chatterton ... Jacqueline
Raymond Hackett ... Raymond Floriot
Holmes Herbert ... Noel
Eugenie Besserer ... Rose
John P. Edington John P. Edington ... Doctor
Mitchell Lewis ... Colonel Hanby
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Laroque (as Ullric Haupt)
Sidney Toler ... Merivel
Richard Carle ... Perissard
Carroll Nye ... Darrell
Claude King ... Valmorin (as Claud King)
Chappell Dossett Chappell Dossett ... Judge
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Storyline

Young Raymond Floriot, following in his father Louis Floriot's professional footsteps, he now France's attorney general, has just passed the bar exam. Raymond's first case, appointed to him by the courts, is a murder case. His pitiful and poor Jane Doe client, who refers to herself only as Madame X, admits to killing the scoundrel of a man named Laroque, but won't disclose why or in turn defend herself in court. Raymond knows nothing of her past, which includes once being a woman of class, married to man of prestige. But that marriage ended because he treated her without love, which resulted in her leaving him for another man, who in turn passed away shortly thereafter. Her first marriage produced a son, who her husband refused to let her see. Her son never knew she was alive, he being told by his father that she died. The consequence of his action left Madame X on a downward path where she never found love. Now, in turn, she hopes her silence will protect the one that she really ... Written by Huggo

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See the disintegration of a woman's soul in this mighty drama of love and justice. (Print Ad-Newberry Observer,((Newberry, SC)) 18 February 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absinthe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Robert Montgomery was originally intended for the role of Raymond. See more »

Quotes

Laroque: What are you doing in South America?
Jacqueline: I don't remember. What are you doing?
Laroque: I? Oh, there are so many ways one can earn an honest penny.
Jacqueline: I hope you won't think I"m rude if I suggest that I don't think an honest penny would interest you a bit.
Laroque: [laughs] That's great. I tell you, you are clever. You are devilishly clever, you know.
Jacqueline: That's why I'm where I am today, because I'm too clever.
Laroque: [Still laughing] Never mind, that really was a good one. You are clever. Here, have a drink.
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The Divine Miss Chatterton
13 April 2015 | by ricbigiSee all my reviews

I have only seen three Ruth Chatterton films: DODSWORTH, FEMALE and MADAM X. I had never heard of Ruth Chatterton before I saw DODSWORTH and had no expectations regarding her as an actress. After seeing DODSWORTH, Ruth Chatterton's elegant persona entered my life forever. FEMALE, seen a couple of years later, was pure delight. What a find! A younger Ruth Chatterton, equally glamorous and equally brilliant, this time delivering a light, witty, winning performance. When I got to MADAM X, I was already a great fan of this divine actress. How can one describe the effect of her acting on one's feelings? I confess I was spellbound from the start. Chatterton's seamless technique renders her emotional outbursts painful to watch, yet we cannot move or breathe and just stand in awe, witnessing an exposure of emotion that is so raw and so true. I have read reviews that criticize Ruth Chatterton for the very qualities that I find attractive and unique in her acting. That only shows that taste is indeed a very subjective thing. MADAM X is an early talkie, static, old-fashioned, a shameless melodrama. I loved it!


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