The Son of Monte Cristo (1941)

102 mins | Adventure | 10 January 1941

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writer:

George Bruce

Producer:

Edward Small

Cinematographer:

George Robinson

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

John Ducasse Schulze

Production Company:

Edward Small Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in LAEx , in 1936, producer Edward Small was ready to produce this film and wanted actor Robert Donat to play the lead. Production, however, did not begin until Jun 1940. For additional information on films based on the Alexandre Dumas character, consult the entry for the 1934 film The Count of Monte Cristo , which was also directed by Rowland V. Lee and produced by Edward Small (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0824). This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Interior Decoration (Black and ... More Less

According to a news item in LAEx , in 1936, producer Edward Small was ready to produce this film and wanted actor Robert Donat to play the lead. Production, however, did not begin until Jun 1940. For additional information on films based on the Alexandre Dumas character, consult the entry for the 1934 film The Count of Monte Cristo , which was also directed by Rowland V. Lee and produced by Edward Small (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0824). This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Interior Decoration (Black and White). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Dec 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
3 Dec 40
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 40
pp. 6-7.
Los Angeles Examiner
14 Oct 1936.
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Motion Picture Daily
3 Dec 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Dec 40
p. 42.
New York Times
5 Dec 40
p. 33.
Variety
4 Dec 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Rowland V. Lee Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
SOUND
Rerecording ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to prod
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père (Paris, 1844-45).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 January 1941
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 5 December 1940
Production Date:
began June 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Edward Small Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10039
Duration(in mins):
102
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6650
SYNOPSIS

Grand Duchess Zona, the ruler of Lichtenburg, is trying to escape to France to seek the help of the French emperor to rid her country of General Gurko Lanen, the despotic army head who has seized control of the country. Learning of Zona's plan, Lanen arrests her ally, the prime minister, Baron Von Neuhoff, and orders his troops to stop Zona, but she is rescued by the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo who takes her to safety across the frontier. That night however, Lanen's men kidnap Zona and take her back to Lichtenburg, followed by the count. Zona returns to face a marriage proposal from Lanen and the death sentence of Von Neuhoff. Learning of Lanen's treachery, the count joins the oppressed citizenry to fight for liberation. Masquerading both as the foppish Count of Monte Cristo and the masked liberator known only as "The Torch," the count infiltrates the palace and thwarts Lanen's plans by freeing Von Neuhoff. The count's next task is to prevent Lanen from forming an alliance with both Zona and the Russians. After the count steals a copy of the agreement from Prince Pavlov of Russia which proves Lanen's duplicity, Lanen tricks Zona into revealing the count's true identity. The count is then sentenced to walk to the scaffold at the same time that Zona is to marry Lanen, but Lanen's plans are foiled when Von Neuhoff frees the count and, allied with the citizens of Lichtenburg, he saves Zona and duels Lanen to his ... +


Grand Duchess Zona, the ruler of Lichtenburg, is trying to escape to France to seek the help of the French emperor to rid her country of General Gurko Lanen, the despotic army head who has seized control of the country. Learning of Zona's plan, Lanen arrests her ally, the prime minister, Baron Von Neuhoff, and orders his troops to stop Zona, but she is rescued by the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo who takes her to safety across the frontier. That night however, Lanen's men kidnap Zona and take her back to Lichtenburg, followed by the count. Zona returns to face a marriage proposal from Lanen and the death sentence of Von Neuhoff. Learning of Lanen's treachery, the count joins the oppressed citizenry to fight for liberation. Masquerading both as the foppish Count of Monte Cristo and the masked liberator known only as "The Torch," the count infiltrates the palace and thwarts Lanen's plans by freeing Von Neuhoff. The count's next task is to prevent Lanen from forming an alliance with both Zona and the Russians. After the count steals a copy of the agreement from Prince Pavlov of Russia which proves Lanen's duplicity, Lanen tricks Zona into revealing the count's true identity. The count is then sentenced to walk to the scaffold at the same time that Zona is to marry Lanen, but Lanen's plans are foiled when Von Neuhoff frees the count and, allied with the citizens of Lichtenburg, he saves Zona and duels Lanen to his death. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Historical


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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