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Redemption is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film directed by Fred Niblo, produced and distributed by MGM, and starring John Gilbert.

Directed byFred Niblo
Lionel Barrymore (retakes)
Produced byLouis B. Mayer
Irving Thalberg
Arthur Hopkins
Written byLeo Tolstoy (play The Living Corpse)
Arthur Hopkins (play Redemption)
Edwin Justus Mayer (dialogue)
Dorothy Farnum (script)
StarringJohn Gilbert
Music byWilliam Axt
CinematographyPercy Hilburn
Edited byMargaret Booth
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
May 2, 1930
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

This film was actually Gilbert's first talking film but was released after His Glorious Night, which garnered disastrous reviews. The film was based on a stage play, Redemption, adapted by Arthur Hopkins (who had seen the play in Europe) from the play The Living Corpse by Leo Tolstoy. Hopkins produced the play in 1918 with the lead none other than John Barrymore in a winning and successful stage interpretation.[1][2][3]



  • The film is available on Warner Home Video On Demand DVD.[4]

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  1. ^ The Barrymores by Hollis Alpert, c.1964 pgs. 178-179
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. ^ Redemption as produced by Arthur Hopkins on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre October 3, 1918 to March 1919, also a 1928 revival at the Ambassador Theatre;
  4. ^ Warner Home, On Demand, home video Retrieved October 18, 2016

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