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Cardinal Richelieu

Released Apr 28, 1935 1h 23m Biography List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews Cardinal Richelieu (George Arliss) is the chief minister to King Louis XIII (Edward Arnold), but everyone in the French royal court knows that Richelieu, not the monarch, holds the country's real power. The ineffectual king remains unaware of Richelieu's many backroom dealings, which include negotiating with neighboring countries, making plans for war and trying to engineer a relationship between a young woman in his care (Maureen O'Sullivan) and a handsome, politically connected Frenchman. Read More Read Less

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Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine George Arliss in one of his lesser vehicles. Full of mannerisms instead of character. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine It's a good story, interestingly if not surprisingly handled, and very acceptable to those of us who like to feel we aren't just fooling our time away at the movies being entertained. Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair George Arliss in another of bis suave and dexterous historical monologues, a little less exciting than some of the preceding ones. Jun 7, 2019 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) The results -- with Richelieu dividing his time between bringing young lovers together and saving the country -- are pretty specious as history, but they're certainly entertaining fun. Rated: 4/5 Nov 26, 2014 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Directed in a fine technical workmanlike way. Rated: B- Feb 7, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Cardinal Richelieu (George Arliss) is the chief minister to King Louis XIII (Edward Arnold), but everyone in the French royal court knows that Richelieu, not the monarch, holds the country's real power. The ineffectual king remains unaware of Richelieu's many backroom dealings, which include negotiating with neighboring countries, making plans for war and trying to engineer a relationship between a young woman in his care (Maureen O'Sullivan) and a handsome, politically connected Frenchman.
Director
Rowland V. Lee
Producer
Darryl F Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson, Joseph M. Schenck
Screenwriter
Maude T. Howell
Distributor
United Artists
Genre
Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 28, 1935, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Mar 25, 2014
Runtime
1h 23m