Under the Red Robe (1937 film)

Under the Red Robe is a 1937 British / American film directed by Victor Sjöström. Previously filmed as a 1923 silent directed by Alan Crosland. Before the films a play had been produced on Broadway in 1896-97 starring Viola Allen and William Faversham.[1]

Under the Red Robe
Directed byVictor Sjöström
Produced byRobert Kane
Written byEdward E. Rose (play)
Arthur Wimperis (scenario)
Screenplay byLajos Bíró
Philip Lindsay
J.L. Hodson
Based onUnder the Red Robe
by Stanley J. Weyman
StarringSee below
Music byArthur Benjamin
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Georges Périnal
Edited byJames B. Clark
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 31 May 1937 (1937-05-31) (United States)
  • 8 November 1937 (1937-11-08) (United Kingdom)
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States

Plot summaryEdit

The film is based on the 1894 novel by Stanley J. Weyman and is set during the religious wars of early 17th century France; events in the novel itself means it can be dated to the autumn of 1630.

Notorious gambler and dreaded swordsman Gil de Berault returns to Paris after carrying out a mission for the 'Red Robe' or Cardinal Richelieu and finds him concerned by growing opposition from French Protestants or Huguenots in the south. He also warns de Berault dueling has been outlawed and henceforth punishable by death but Gil promptly disobeys the law and is sentenced to be executed as a result. The Cardinal offers de Berault a pardon if he is able to capture the Protestant Duc de Foix who is organizing plans for an uprising. Gil agrees, travels to the duke's home and is allowed to stay as a guest, but the duke's wife and his sister Lady Marguerite immediately suspect he is a spy. Nevertheless, he makes good progress but then falls in love with Marguerite, forcing him to choose between conscience and self-interest.



  1. ^ 1896 Broadway Production of Under the Red Robe, Broadway production, IBDb.com
  2. ^ "Review: 'Under the Red Robe'". Variety. 31 December 1936. Retrieved 12 July 2016.

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