Les Misérables (1909 film)

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Les Misérables
Directed by J. Stuart Blackton
Based on Les Misérables 
by Victor Hugo
Starring Maurice Costello
William V. Ranous
Distributed by Vitagraph Company of America
Release dates
  • September 4, 1909 (1909-09-04)
Running time
4 reels
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Les Misérables is a 1909 American short silent historical drama based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The film stars Maurice Costello and William V. Ranous and was directed by J. Stuart Blackton.

Distributed by the Vitagraph Company of America, the film consists of four reels.[1] Each reel was released over the course of three months beginning on September 4 to November 27, 1909.[2][3]


The film relates the lives of the French people during 20 years in the 19th century. The story is focused on Jean Valjean (Costello), an honest man who is running from an obsessive police inspector chasing him for an insignificant offense. Valjean escapes being incarcerated.


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  1. ^ Schickel, Richard (1996). D.W. Griffith: An American Life. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 155. ISBN 0-879-10080-X. 
  2. ^ Abel, Richard, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. Taylor & Francis. p. 456. ISBN 0-415-23440-9. 
  3. ^ Grieveson, Lee; Krämer, Peter, ed. (2004). The Silent Cinema Reader. Psychology Press. p. 240. ISBN 0-415-25284-9. 

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