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The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Rowland V. Lee and produced by Edward Small.


A classic swashbuckler based on the 1844 novel by Dumas. It tells the story of Edmond Dantes, a sailor who was unjustly imprisoned but escapes to look for the culprits who framed him. Donat's performance put him in the running for Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood, which he lost to the then-unknown Errol Flynn.

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Edmond Dantes: [referring to the now-insane Danglars] A mental suicide, doctor.
Doctor: Mental suicide?
Edmond Dantes: Yes. He destroyed his mind with an overdose of two deadly poisons.
Doctor: Poisons!
Edmond Dantes: Avarice and Greed

Edmond Dantes: [after finding the treasure] My dear abbe... if you were only really here beside me to see. You were right. The world is mine.

Jacopo: [Albert has just challenged Monte Cristo to a duel] Something's happened?
Edmond Dantes: Yes. Something admirable and terrible... something I never planned.

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The ending is changed from Dumas's original novel to make it more upbeat. In the novel, Edmond does not marry Mercedes, because she feels too much has passed between them. Instead, he marries Princess Haydee, who has fallen in love with him. In the 1934 film (and in some other film versions), there is not even a hint of romantic interest between Edmond and Haydee.
Robert Donat made his only trip to Hollywood during the production of this film. Due mainly to his poor health, he was unable to travel to Hollywood again to film any of his other roles.
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