Absinthe (1929)

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Movie Info

A poor woman gives birth to a son who believes she is dead. He becomes a lawyer, and eventually defends her against a murder charge. All the while she refuses to reveal her secret to him.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Cast

Ruth Chatterton
as Jacqueline Floriot
Raymond Hackett
as Raymond Floriot
Lewis Stone
as Louis Floriot
Mitchell Lewis
as Col. Hanby
Sidney Toler
as Merivel
Richard Carle
as Perissard
Carroll Nye
as Darrell
Claude King
as Valmorin
Mary Gordon
as Nursemaid
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Critic Reviews for Absinthe

All Critics (1)

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Absinthe

I tried to watch this several times, but couldn't make it past the first ten minutes. The sound quality is bad, so it is difficult to understand what is being said without closed captioning (which was not available on TCM). The acting is extremely melodramatic, which makes the dialog even more difficult to understand in the sing-song mid-Atlantic accent that was expected of theatrical actors at the time. So - my rating is based on the first ten minutes, where I caught about 10% of the dialog and had no idea what was going on other than the fact that everyone seemed quite distraught. It made me put my hand to my forehead and audibly sigh with despair and overt facial expression.

J. Scott Fugate
J. Scott Fugate

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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

"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."

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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