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Madame X (1937)




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Sam Wood directed this fourth version of the Alexandre Bisson weeper, buffed to a high gloss by shimmering M.G.M. production values. Gladys George plays Jacqueline Fleuriot this time around, the wife of a diplomat who has an affair and is compelled to leave her husband and son. After abandoning her family, she sinks into a sea of debauchery, becoming involved in prostitution, blackmail, and eventually murder. After the murder, her son Raymond (John Beal), now a grown man and a famous lawyer, is called upon to defend her. Unaware that the woman he is defending is his long lost mother, Jacqueline tries to hide her past from her successful son.


Gladys George
as Jacqueline Fleuriot
John Beal
as Raymond Fleuriot
Warren William
as Bernard Fleuriot
Reginald Owen
as Maurice Dourel
William Henry
as Hugh Fariman Jr.
Ruth Hussey
as Annette
George Zucco
as Dr. LaFarge
Jonathan Hale
as Hugh Fariman Sr.
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Capt. Dorcas
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Critic Reviews for Madame X

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

George's performance is effective, and her characterization of the tipsy, defeated and maudlin old woman is faithful and moving.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The current Madame X is not the great picture its predecessor was. This is possibly because it is a tragedy in the grand old style, and the general palate for tragedy has considerably shifted in recent years.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Gladys George's sturdy performance saves the film to a certain extent, and young John Beal is fiery and eloquent in the famous courtroom scene.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Fluff Depression-era romantic comedy.

August 27, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Wood's direction of this trite material is standard but lends some credibility to the fairly ludicrous happenings.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madame X

Gladys George is excellent as was customary of her but this version of the old weepie creaks. See it for her but be prepared for some heavy handed acting from the rest of the cast and a stolid pace set by the director.

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