The Sin of Madelon Claudet

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French farm girl Madelon Claudet (Helen Hayes) falls in love with Larry (Neil Hamilton), an American artist. But, when his parents demand he return to the United States, she is left pregnant and alone. Desperate to provide for her son, Madelon takes up with Carlo (Lewis Stone), who provides her with money and jewels, but the jewelry turns out to be stolen, and Madelon is imprisoned. After she gets out she undergoes further degradation to support the child -- who does not even know who she is.

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Helen Hayes
Madelon Claudet
Lewis Stone
Carlo Boretti
Neil Hamilton
Larry Maynard
Robert Young
Dr. Lawrence Claudet
Cliff Edwards
Victor Lebeau
Marie Prevost
Rosalie Lebeau
Karen Morley
Alice Claudet
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Critic Reviews for The Sin of Madelon Claudet

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Audience Reviews for The Sin of Madelon Claudet

  • Mar 31, 2016
    Helen Hayes is well worthy of the Oscar she won for her performance in this one. The role required her to play a young lover, single mother, wealthy socialite, prisoner, prostitute, and beaten-down old woman, and she did so brilliantly. I found her beautiful and a great actor, particularly at a time when overacting was the norm. The scene where she responds with a humorous puffy facial expression to a question about what someone is like is priceless. Her suggestions of lasciviousness using only her eyes are also great; while the movie is pre-Code and has a suggestive title, it's quite tame. We're all rooting for because she's been driven to such depths quite unfairly, and because she's made the incredible sacrifice of separating herself from her son, so that he can pursue being a doctor, unencumbered by her shame, which back then would have stopped him. It leads to a pretty syrupy ending, but was balanced for the most part, and the supporting cast is also strong.
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  • Mar 20, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2007
    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 n Super Reviewer

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