Les Misérables (1952 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lewis Milestone|
|Produced by||Fred Kohlmar|
|Screenplay by||Richard Murphy|
|Based on||Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo
|Music by||Alex North|
|Edited by||Hugh S. Fowler|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$1.1 million (U.S. rentals)|
Les Misérables is a 1952 American film adapted from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and featured Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean, Robert Newton as Javert, and Sylvia Sidney as Fantine.
- Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean
- Debra Paget as Cosette
- Patsy Weil as Cosette (age 7)
- Robert Newton as Javert
- Edmund Gwenn as Bishop Myriel
- Sylvia Sidney as Fantine
- Cameron Mitchell as Marius
- Elsa Lanchester as Madame Magloire
- June Hillman as Mother Superior
- Bobby Hyatt as Gavroche
- James Robertson Justice as Robert (Fauchelevent)
- Joseph Wiseman as Genflou
- Rhys Williams as Brevet
- Florence Bates as Madame Bonnet
- Merry Anders as Cicely
- John Rogers as Bonnet
- Charles Keane as Corporal
- John Dierkes as Bosun
- Lewis Russell as Waiter
The film greatly differs from the novel. Entire episode are dropped as well as many characters, including the Thénardiers and Enjolras. The character of Robert is entirely new.
Valjean serves his time on an actual galley. On leaving the bishop's house, Valjean kneels on a fallen rose. This rose becomes for him the symbol of the bishop's forgiveness (it leads him to putting back some objects he intends to steal from a goldsmith).
When rescuing one if his townspeople as Mayor Madelaine, Valjean does not lift the cart but merely stops it. Javert's sets up the trial of an innocent man accused of being the escaped convict Valjean to trick Valjean into revealing himself.
Cosette sees her mother Fantine before Fantine dies. Valjean knocks Javert out before fleeing from the hospital. In the book, he accepts arrest and escapes from the city jail.
Marius and Cosette first meet at the convent when Marius is being chased by the police. Javert follows Valjean through the sewers. Valjean witnesses Javert's suicide, which ends the film.
- "Top Box-Office Hits of 1952", Variety, January 7, 1953
- Les Misérables at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Les Misérables (1952) at the Internet Movie Database
- Les Misérables (1952) at AllMovie
- Les Misérables (1952) at Box Office Mojo