Absinthe (1929)




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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.


Critic Reviews for Absinthe

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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.

Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Absinthe

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

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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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