• SON OF MONTE CRISTO (THE ), 1940

THE SON OF MONTE CRISTO
1940

Directed by Rowland V. Lee

Starring Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, and George Sanders.

PLOT:
In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. The rightful ruler, Grand Duchess Zona, hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo falls for Zona and undertakes to help her, masquerading as a foppish banker and a masked freedom fighter. The rest is rapid-fire intrigue and derring-do. The film takes the same name as the unofficial sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo, namely The Son of Monte Cristo, written by Jules Lermina in 1881.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

CAST:
Louis Hayward ...  Edmund Dantes Jr.
Joan Bennett ...  Grand Duchess Zona of Lichtenburg
George Sanders ...  General Gurko Lanen
Florence Bates ...  Countess Mathilde Von Braun
Lionel Royce ...  Colonel Zimmerman
Montagu Love ...  Prime Minister Baron Von Neuhoff
Ian Wolfe ...  Conrad Stadt
Clayton Moore ...  Lieutenant Fritz Dorner
Ralph Byrd ...  William Gluck
Georges Renavent ...  Marquis de Chatante
Michael Visaroff ...  Prince Paul Pavlov
Rand Brooks ...  Hans Mirbach
Theodore von Eltz ...  Captain
James Seay ...  Lieutenant Stone
Henry Brandon ...  Lt. Schultz

RUNNING TIME: 102 MIN

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