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The Son Of Monte Cristo [DVD]


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  • Actors: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders
  • Directors: Rowland V. Lee
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Black & White, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sunflower Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013YPH78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1865, General Gurko Lanen (George Sanders) is the evil dictator of the European state of ""Lichtenburg"". The rightful ruler is the beautiful Grand Duchess Zona (Joan Bennett) and in her attempt to get assistance to overthrow the General, she hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo (Louis Hayward) falls for Zona and undertakes to help her. During the day, the Count is portrayed as a foppish banker and at night he becomes the masked and caped freedom fighter, The Torch. The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic tale of good verses evil, thinly disguised as an indictment against 20th century dictatorships as well as being full of good old fashioned rapid-fire intrigue and derring-do.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 July 2007
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"Menaced by more powerful nations, the country of Lichtenburg - tiny but proud - is known as the Jewel of the Balkans. Steeped in the ancient tradition of romance and chivalry, her people hold unswerving loyalty to the throne - on which now sits the young Grand Duchess Zona, who rules under the sinister shadow of one man - General Gurko Lanen."

And with this opening crawl, we're off on one of Hollywood's better swashbucklers. Gurko Lanen (George Sanders) is a cruel, smart tyrant. He's the son of a stone mason, determined to win legitimacy for his rule by marrying the lovely Zona (Joan Bennett). A nascent group of freedom fighters, sworn to overthrow Lanen and free Zona, is on the verge of being crushed. Zona is fleeing to France with a secret message imploring the French to come to her aid. Her loyal premier has been accused of treason by Lanen and imprisoned. Then just as Zona's racing carriage is forced to stop with a troop of Lanen's cavalry in pursuit, to her aid comes a handsome stranger (Louis Hayward), apparently out hunting. She's not to worry, he tells her, because his father was the best swordsman in France. Only later, when he secretly determines to help her by playing the fop with Lanen, does she realize that he is the son of the Count of Monte Cristo. The movie reaches a climax when Monte Cristo, who has also become the leader of the rebels as The Torch, unleashes a plot upon Lanen that will destroy him, free Zona and bring happiness once again to Lichtenburg.

The Son of Monte Cristo, as a rip-roaring adventure, is a darn good movie, but it was cursed with having "public domain" painted across its forehead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gem on 20 Mar 2007
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This film suffers slightly due to its title in the same way as 'The Sting II': it does not bear up well at all in comparison with its "prequel". However, as a film in its own right I found this to be an entertaining piece of lightweight silliness, ham acting and swashbuckling. Fans of another of Louis Hayward's films,'The Man In The Iron Mask', will probably find this fairly entertaining. George Sanders' presence in the film is a welcome bonus too. This version may not be the most high-tech or digitally enhanced but that doesn't bother me.
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Joan Bennett (Zona) is the Head of State of Lichtenburg, although the real ruler is George Sanders (Gurko) and he is planning a marriage to Joan so that he can legally assume power by becoming king. Prime Minister Montagu Love (Von Neuhoff) is in alliance with Joan and both are opposed to Sanders and his power-mad schemings. It's up to Louis Hayward (Count of Monte Cristo) to sort out the mess. And maybe snag Joan for himself....

Not enough tension or variety in the settings to the story. It seems set in one location and it lacked some kind of variety. It cracks along at a fair pace and if you drop off asleep during it, you'll definitely miss plot developments. It's not a bad film, but nothing very standout about it. You can tell that George Sanders was uncomfortable with sword fights - his posture is terrible during his fencing sequences. I used to fence at school so it is very easy for me to spot. "The Mark of Zorro" is a better film from 1940 with regards to swordplay. This film also has a similar story but it's not as good.
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this is a good fun film of the period, not too serious and enjoyable to watch , loads of action would recommend it to all.
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