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Wesley Ruggles (1929)

U Certificate
Saturday 6am - 7:50am Talking Pictures


Our Score
Oscar history was made within the best actor category of 1930. Ronald Colman, George Arliss and Maurice Chevalier all received two separate nominations, but only Arliss emerged triumphant. Colman is great fun in Bulldog Drummond, but it's harder to fathom why he was nominated for this creaky early talkie about a prisoner who falls in love with the warden's wife (Ann Harding). Directed by Wesley Ruggles, it's a clumsy mix of action adventure, drippy romance and an exposé of the iniquities of the infamous Devil's Island. Forget the acting and concentrate on the production values, notably William Cameron Menzies's sets and the photography of George Barnes and Gregg Toland.


A thief is sentenced to the infamous prison camp on Devil's Island, where he has an affair with the wife of the sadistic warden. Drama, starring Ronald Colman and Ann Harding.

Cast & Crew

Michel Oban Ronald Colman
Mme Vidal Ann Harding
Warden Jean Vidal Dudley Digges
Jacques Duval Louis Wolheim
Pierre William Elmer
Vidal's orderly William Vaughn
Felix Albert Kingsley
Director Wesley Ruggles
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video


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