- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 5, 2011
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1932 -
Best Actress: Helen Hayes
Description by OLDIES.com:
Movies often visit the theme of a mother's love, but few match the poignancy and power of The Sin of Madelon Claudet. Renowned "First Lady of the American Theatre" Helen Hayes makes her Hollywood debut a most memorable one, winning the Best Actress Academy Award (1930-31) for her portrayal of an abandoned young mother whose devotion to her child and desperate sacrifices to provide for him lead her into harlotry. Hayes's husband Charles MacArthur (The Front Page) provides the screen adaptation of this sympathetic tale of a woman whose only sin was loving too much. Nearly four decades later, Hayes would claim Oscar gold again for her Best Supporting Actress performance in Airport (1970).
Helen Hayes gives an outstanding performance as a small-time Parisian thief who claws her way into society to provide for her illegitimate son, only to come crashing back down. AKA: "The Lullaby." Academy Awards: Best Actress--Helen Hayes.
Unable to raise her illegitimate son alone, Madelon Claudet gives him to a family friend to adopt. But the concerned mother keeps track of her child (who believes she is dead) through his new parents. But along the way, Madelon's life takes a turn towards the melodramatic. First, she is wrongly jailed for 10 years. Then, after she's released, Madelon begins stealing from wealthy men in order to send money to her son, who wants to attend medical school. Fortunately, Madelon's sacrifices pay off when her son becomes a doctor. But will mother and son ever be reunited' Or will Madelon's secret always remain intact'
- Additional cast: Russ Powell (Claudet).
- Continuity by Charles MacArthur.