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Les Miserables (1935)




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This version of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo novel stars Frederic March as Jean Valjean, whose theft of a loaf of bread necessary for his survival lands him in prison for a decade. Upon his release, Valjean is embittered, but soon regains his humanity and compassion with a bishop's help.

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Fredric March
as Jean Valjean
Charles Laughton
as Insp. Javert
John Beal
as Marius
Cedric Hardwicke
as Bishop Bienvenue
Marilynne Knowlden
as Young Cosette
Marilyn Knowlden
as Little Cosette
Jessie Ralph
as Mme. Magloire
Elley Malyon
as Mother Superior
Eily Malyon
as Mother Superior
Jane Kerr
as Mme. Thenardier
John Bleifer
as Chenildieu
Harry Semels
as Cochepaille
Mary Forbes
as Mme. Baptiseme
Perry Ivins
as M. Devereux
Thomas R. Mills
as L'Estrange
Ian Maclaren
as Head Gardener
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Critic Reviews for Les Miserables

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Charles Laughton in the part of Javert gave it as much character merely because the character as written was eminent, giving a balance to the whole story.

August 31, 2012 | Full Review…

It isn't a bad example of the Hollywood prestige picture -- there is, at least, some liveliness in the performances.

August 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Nominated for the Best Picture oscar, Boleslawki's adpaptation of the Victor Hugo famous novel is lavishly mounted and well acted by Fredric March and Charles Laughton

March 23, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The strength of Laughton's performance makes this film more than other versions a conflict between Javert and Jean Valjean. With studied power, he brings this inhuman bully, obsessed with the sacredness of the law, to life.

February 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Pretentious and big, the tone is no better than that of The Count of Monte Cristo; the touted sewer scene is disappointing, but on the whole the picture holds interest...

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Les Miserables is an exalted sleuth drama, both intensely exciting and deeply impressive.

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Les Miserables


A fairly decent production of the popular cautionary tale, carried by Fredric March in nearly typical Hollywood fashion ... until Charles Laughton's version of policeman Javett commands the screen with Terminator-like presence. He's the reason to see this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The reason to watch is Charles Laughton. The rest of the production suffers from a lack of emotion. Is it the result of the era's creaky soundtrack.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The Original version of Les Miserables was not bad though the remakewith Gèrard Depardieu was alot better.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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