The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

The Sin of Madelon Claudet





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Choosing her men rather poorly, a woman goes to prison for the crimes of one of her loutish lovers then turns hooker, raising a fine son and secretly helping to put him through medical school. Helen Hayes garnered an Oscar for her far-ranging performance in this somewhat contrived tear-filled drama.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Charles MacArthur, Edward Knoblock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 1991

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as Madelon Claudet

as Carlo Boretti

as Dr. Jacques Claudet

as Victor

as Dr. Dulac

as Rosalie

as Photographer

as Hubert

as St. Jacques

as Claudet

as Official

as Larry at Age 12
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Helen Hayes won her first Oscar for playing a self-sacrificing mother in this MGM soap opera, scripted by husband Charles MacArthur, which was part of femme-driven film cycle that included the Oscar-nominated Madame X and Sarah and Son.

Full Review… | December 30, 2007

[Hayes] flogs her big moments until they're dead.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Sin of Madelon Claudet


antique drama won helen hayes her first oscar and in parts she's very good other times you can tell she's use to stage acting and projecting to the third balcony. as for the story it creaks.

jay nixon

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Dated film that is all about Helen Hayes and how she managed to "play old" and "play young". The story must have been quite lurid at the time but is very tame today.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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