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The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo falls for Zona... See full summary »

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Rowland V. Lee

Writer:

George Bruce (screenplay)
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Cast

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

In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler 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. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Montecristo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thirteen years after making this film, in which he played the villainous ruler of a fictitious country called "Lichtenburg" (an obvious combination of the real-life small countries Lichtenstein and Luxemburg), George Sanders played a sympathetic role in the musical "Call Me Madam," also set in "Lichtenburg." See more »

Goofs

The wedding invitation is for Wednesday, May 25, 1865. May 25, 1865, was a Thursday. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colonel Zimmerman: Turnkey! Bring out the prisoner William Gluck.
Turnkey: Yes, Colonel.
[opens cell]
Turnkey: Come out!
William Gluck: I thought you were in a hurry to get me in.
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Connections

Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 1 (1982) See more »

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Interesting superstars as co-stars
16 February 2007 | by ralamericaSee all my reviews

While watching the movie, I was shocked that it took so long for the son of the count to get even with George Sanders as the ruthless Gurko Lanen. The son of Monte Cristo, as the Torch, spends a lot of time trying to save Joan Bennett from the evil clutches of Saunders. Why, by golly, he had the most famous cop in the world and the hero of the Old West to help him out. Lieutenant of the Guards is played by none other than that masked man himself, Clayton Moore (the Lone Ranger). As the film begins we also see Ralph Byrd (the essential Dick Tracy) duking it out with Sanders. And to top it off, Rand Brooks is on hand to give aid to the Torch. Rand, as many should recall, would a couple of years later play Lucky Jenkins, one of Hopalong Cassidy's crime-fighting sidekicks. Is it s coincidence that with these two cowboy stars on hand that the script resembles more the "Mark of Zorro" than a sequel to "The Count of Monte Cristo"?


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