Les Miserables (1935)



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This version of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo novel stars Frederic March as Jean Valjean, whose theft of a loaf of bread necessary for his survival lands him in prison for a decade. Upon his release, Valjean is embittered, but soon regains his humanity and compassion with a bishop's help.

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Fredric March
as Jean Valjean
Charles Laughton
as Insp. Javert
John Beal
as Marius
Cedric Hardwicke
as Bishop Bienvenue
Marilyn Knowlden
as Little Cosette
Marilynne Knowlden
as Young Cosette
Jessie Ralph
as Mme. Magloire
Elley Malyon
as Mother Superior
Eily Malyon
as Mother Superior
Jane Kerr
as Mme. Thenardier
John Bleifer
as Chenildieu
Harry Semels
as Cochepaille
Mary Forbes
as Mme. Baptiseme
Perry Ivins
as M. Devereux
Thomas R. Mills
as L'Estrange
Ian Maclaren
as Head Gardener
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Critic Reviews for Les Miserables

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Charles Laughton in the part of Javert gave it as much character merely because the character as written was eminent, giving a balance to the whole story.

Aug 31, 2012 | Full Review…

It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances.

Aug 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Nominated for the Best Picture oscar, Boleslawki's adpaptation of the Victor Hugo famous novel is lavishly mounted and well acted by Fredric March and Charles Laughton

Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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This Javert, with his round face and quivering lips, his slow, heavy tread and sudden outbursts of fury, is a memorable figure, but he is badly out of key with the naturalistic treatment of the story.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

While there's no such thing as a timeless '30s Oscarbait literary adaptation, this comes pleasantly within spitting distance of that mark.

Jan 6, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Probably the best Hollywood version of Victor Hugo's story.

Aug 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Les Miserables


A fairly decent production of the popular cautionary tale, carried by Fredric March in nearly typical Hollywood fashion ... until Charles Laughton's version of policeman Javett commands the screen with Terminator-like presence. He's the reason to see this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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The reason to watch is Charles Laughton. The rest of the production suffers from a lack of emotion. Is it the result of the era's creaky soundtrack.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The Original version of Les Miserables was not bad though the remakewith Gèrard Depardieu was alot better.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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