DVD Release: The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth


Robert Donat is The Count of Monte Cristo.

Robert Donat (The 39 Steps) stars in the 1934 film adaptation of the classic action-adventure swashbuckler The Count of Monte Cristo, based on the classic 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas.

The movie tells the story of Edmond Dantes (Donat), a common seaman falsely accused of spying during the Napoleonic Wars. Imprisoned without trial in the infamous Chateau d’If, he spends over a decade in solitary confinement. Eventually, with the aid of a fellow captive (O.P. Heggie), he makes a daring escape. Once outside, he fabricates a stately new identity as the Count of Monte Cristo and vows to bring the villains who framed him to justice.

Directed by Rowland V. Lee (Captain Kidd), the classic film also stars Elissa Landi (After the Thin Man) and Sidney Blackmer (Rosemary’s Baby).

The Hen’s Tooth’s release features a new digital transfer from a 35mm print.

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