Madame X (1929)

95 mins | Drama | 17 April 1929

Director:

Lionel Barrymore

Writer:

Willard Mack

Cinematographer:

Arthur Reed

Editor:

William S. Gray

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       In 1930, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a Spanish-language version of the film entitled La mujer X (See Entry). For information on other adaptations of the Alexandre Bisson novel, please consult the entry below for 1937 M-G-M film Madame X , directed by Sam Wood and starring Gladys ... More Less

Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       In 1930, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a Spanish-language version of the film entitled La mujer X (See Entry). For information on other adaptations of the Alexandre Bisson novel, please consult the entry below for 1937 M-G-M film Madame X , directed by Sam Wood and starring Gladys George.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
17 Aug 1929
p. 80.
Film Daily
28 Apr 1929
p. 32.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 1.
New York Times
25 Apr 1929
p. 32.
Variety
1 May 1929
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 April 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 17 April 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP557
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in feet):
8,806
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jacqueline leaves her husband for another man, and when she returns to take care of her sick son, her husband flatly rejects her. She leaves without seeing the boy; and beginning her path on the downgrade, she meets and helps a cardsharp named Laroque. When they return to France, her home, Laroque decides that because of her name he can squeeze out a goodly sum from her. At the threat of blackmail, Jacqueline, in a rage, shoots him and is subsequently defended in court by her son, who does not know her true identity. In the final court scene, Jacqueline confesses, without using names, that she shot Laroque so as not to allow her son to discover her degrading ... +


Jacqueline leaves her husband for another man, and when she returns to take care of her sick son, her husband flatly rejects her. She leaves without seeing the boy; and beginning her path on the downgrade, she meets and helps a cardsharp named Laroque. When they return to France, her home, Laroque decides that because of her name he can squeeze out a goodly sum from her. At the threat of blackmail, Jacqueline, in a rage, shoots him and is subsequently defended in court by her son, who does not know her true identity. In the final court scene, Jacqueline confesses, without using names, that she shot Laroque so as not to allow her son to discover her degrading life. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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