The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)





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Betrayed by artist Neil Hamilton, Helen Hayes moves on to jewel thief Lewis Stone, who commits suicide to avoid arrest, leaving Hayes to her fate. After ten years in jail, Hayes walks the streets to raise enough money to support her illegitimate son.


Helen Hayes
as Madelon Claudet
Lewis Stone
as Carlo Boretti
Robert Young
as Dr. Jacques Claudet
Jean Hersholt
as Dr. Dulac
Charles Winninger
as Photographer
Alan Hale
as Hubert
Lennox Pawle
as St. Jacques
Russ Powell
as Claudet
Otto Hoffman
as Official
Frankie Darro
as Larry at Age 12
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Critic Reviews for The Sin of Madelon Claudet

All Critics (2)

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.

December 30, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

July 18, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sin of Madelon Claudet

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.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer


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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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