Madame X (1929)

Madame X


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A working-class mother, rejected by the aristocratic family she has married into, must watch her son grow up from afar -- until, now a prominent attorney, he unknowingly defends his mother when she's accused of murder. The fourth of seven film versions of the 1906 play, retitled Absinthe for TV prints.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Willard Mack
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as Jacqueline

as Floriot

as Col. Hanby

as Merivel

as Perissard

as Darrell

as Valmorin

as Nursemaid
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Ruth Chatterton got Best Actress nomination and Lionel Barrymore a directing nod for the first talkie version of the old sentimental play about an all-suffering mother.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012

Audience Reviews for Madame X

Stiff and creaky original version of the much remade weeper. Chatterton is too theatrical in her role to buy in her later scenes of dissipation. Watch the more enjoyable Lana Turner version instead.

jay nixon

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Ho boy. It's amazing that this story gets done and done and done over and over again. You would think that this not very subtle play of coincidence would get boring. This is the one that started it all. Such a shame.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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