Condemned (1929)

93 mins | Melodrama | 16 November 1929

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HISTORY

Ronald Colman received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his collective work on this film and Bulldog Drummond (see ... More Less

Ronald Colman received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his collective work on this film and Bulldog Drummond (see entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
18 Jan 1930
p. 11.
Film Daily
10 Nov 1929.
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New York Times
4 Nov 1929
p. 28.
Variety
6 Nov 1929
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Condemned to Devil's Island by Blair Niles (New York, 1928).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Song of the Condemned," words by Jack Meskill, music by Pete Wendling.
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 November 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment
Copyright Date:
1 December 1929
Copyright Number:
LP912
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
93
Length(in feet):
8,300, 9,000
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Michel, a debonair young thief, and Jacques, an unscrupulous murderer, are sent to Devil's Island, the French penal colony, where Vidal, the dictatorial warden, rules with an iron hand. His beautiful young wife, Madame Vidal, repelled by the island, becomes dangerously attracted to Michel when he is made her house servant, thus severing his friendship with Jacques. When Vidal hears gossip about his wife and Michel, he confronts his wife, then Michel, with jealous accusations; frenzied, his wife turns on him, swearing Michel is innocent though she loves him. Michel is sent to solitary confinement on the dreaded island of St. Joseph. Learning Vidal plans to send her back to France, Madame Vidal communicates through Jacques with Michel, who effects an escape and conspires to meet her aboard a steamer. In the escape attempt, Vidal is drowned and Jacques is fatally shot; Michel surrenders but exchanges an oath of eternal fidelity with the ... +


Michel, a debonair young thief, and Jacques, an unscrupulous murderer, are sent to Devil's Island, the French penal colony, where Vidal, the dictatorial warden, rules with an iron hand. His beautiful young wife, Madame Vidal, repelled by the island, becomes dangerously attracted to Michel when he is made her house servant, thus severing his friendship with Jacques. When Vidal hears gossip about his wife and Michel, he confronts his wife, then Michel, with jealous accusations; frenzied, his wife turns on him, swearing Michel is innocent though she loves him. Michel is sent to solitary confinement on the dreaded island of St. Joseph. Learning Vidal plans to send her back to France, Madame Vidal communicates through Jacques with Michel, who effects an escape and conspires to meet her aboard a steamer. In the escape attempt, Vidal is drowned and Jacques is fatally shot; Michel surrenders but exchanges an oath of eternal fidelity with the lady. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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