Under the Red Robe (May 31, 1937)
Released on May 31, 1937: Carninal Richelieu sends a talented swordsman to kill his enemy the Hugenot Duke of Fiox, but the swordsman falls in love with the Duke's sister instead.
Produced by Robert Kane
Directed by Victor Sjostrom
Written by Stanley J. Weyman with screenplay by Lajos Biró, Philip Lindsay, J.L. Hodson, Edward E. Rose and Arthur Wimperis
The Actors: Conrad Veidt (Gil de Berault), Annabella (Lady Marguerite of Fiox), Raymond Massey (Cardinal Richelieu), Romney Brent (Marius), Sophie Stewart (Elise, Duchess of Fiox), Wyndham Goldie (Edmond, Duke of Fiox ), Lawrence Grant (Father Joseph), Balliol Holloway (Clon), Shayle Gardner (Louis), Frank Damer (Pierre), James Regan (Jean), Edie Martin (Maria), Haddon Mason (Count Rossignac), J. Fisher White (Baron Breteuil), Graham Soutten (Leval), Anthony Eustrel (Lieutenant Brissac), Desmond Roberts (Captain Rivarolle), Ralph Truman (Captain at the castle), Eric Hales (Lieutenant at the castle), Peter Cozens (unknown)
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"Men only care for 2 things, and food's the other one"
As I first watched this movie it was a blistering cold day in February with snow falling fast and furious and it was a day of solitude spent inside warm walls. After watching and reviewing my customary one movie a day, with the snow falling outside my only choices were to bundle up and go outside to wrestle with the snow-blowing machine to clear the driveway . . . or watch and review another movie. After watching the first few minutes I was ready to brave the snow and wind instead of continuing. Maybe it was the knowledge that the first scenes are of Cardinal Richelieu, a man of the cloth, sending men to their death like a terribly evil monarch would, and as my papa was a preacher with Mennonite roots, watching a man of God scheming to kill his adversaries was not something I could easily enjoy. Maybe it was the costume, speech and pace of action telling a story about ancient times . . . The thoughts of struggling in school reading the ancient words of Shakespeare while rock and roll songs were running through my head. Or maybe it was the effect of the Canadian spirits that were warming my body, if not my soul. Curiously, part of my aversion to watching this adventure may be the contrarian view of film that I usually have with prestigious and dignified movie reviewers. Before I begin watching a movie I read some of the reviews of the movie and almost always find that the movies I enjoy the most are the movies that well-known critics have declared unwatchable. For this movie I found great praise . . . . "The final movie of a legendary director" . . . . "Witty and cunning dialogue by masterful actors" . . . . And on it went . . . I'm thinking that I am really going to hate this movie. The thing that kept me going on this one was the allure of a mysterious actress called Annabella, and the line in the script that I used to title this review with . . . . And learning that a year after making this movie the seductive Annabella went to Hollywood and had a torrid affair with, and finally married Tyrone Power . . . Maybe this will be an interesting story after all. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Annabella and Conrad Veidt
Annabella and Sophie Stewart
Conrad Veidt and Annabella
Conrad Veidt and Annabella
Conrad Veidt and Romney Brent
Lawrence Grant and Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey and Lawrence Grant and Conrad Veidt