The Sin of Madelon Claudet

The Sin of Madelon Claudet

Helen Hayes
Director: Edgar Selwyn Cast: Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
, Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton
, Robert Young
Robert Young
Edgar Selwyn


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In the space of 74 minutes, Helen Hayes goes from naïve French country lass to elderly harridan in Sin of Madelon Claudet. Is it any wonder that she won an Academy Award? (She truly deserved this Oscar; the jury is still out concerning her cutesy supporting turn in 1969's Airport, which also copped her the gold statuette). Betrayed by artist Neil Hamilton, Hayes moves on to jewel thief Lewis Stone, who commits suicide to avoid arrest, leaving Hayes to her fate. After ten years in jail for her complicity in Stone's crimes, Hayes turns to the only profession open to her. She walks the streets to raise enough money to support her illegitimate son, who grows up to be Robert Young and who has no idea that Hayes is his mother. Thanks to his mother's anonymous financial support, Young is able to attend medical school, eventually becoming a wealthy doctor. Even allowing for the illogical nature of the plotline and the lachrymose dialogue, the heartrending final scenes of Sin of Madelon Claudet can still raise a lump in the throat after 65 years.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2011
UPC: 0883316342886
Original Release: 1931
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 36,798

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Hayes Madelon Claudet
Neil Hamilton Larry
Robert Young Dr. Jacques Claudet
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Victor
Jean Hersholt Dr. Dulac
Marie Prevost Rosalie
Karen Morley Alice Claudet
Charles Winninger The Photographer
Alan Hale Hubert
Halliwell Hobbes Roget
Lennox Pawle St. Jacques
Russell Powell Claudet
Otto Hoffman Official
Ed Brady Actor
Frankie Darro Jacques (younger)
Lewis Stone Carlo Boretti

Technical Credits
Edgar Selwyn Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Tom Held Editor
Edward Knoblock Screenwriter
Charles MacArthur Screenwriter
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer

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