The Count of Monte Cristo
B&W : Five reels
Directed by Edwin S. Porter and Joseph A. Golden
Cast: James O’Neill [Edmond Dantés], [?] Murdock MacQuarrie [Danglars]?, [?] Nance O’Neil?, [?] ? [Mercedes], [?] ? [Fernand, the Catalan]
Famous Players Film Company production; distributed on State Rights basis. / Produced by Adolph Zukor. Scenario by Hampton Del Ruth, from the play adaptation Le Comte de Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) by Charles Fechter of the novel Le Comte de Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) by Alexandre Dumas (père). Cinematography by Edwin S. Porter. Presented by Daniel Frohman. / © 10 December 1912 by Famous Players Film Company [LP188]. Released 1 November 1913. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot in the Crystal Studios in New York in 1912, and was the actual first film production of Famous Players. The film was shelved for later release when Selig beat this film to release with their version The Count of Monte Cristo (1912). Subsequently, Famous Players brought suit against Selig and won.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.0810.
Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive, 16mm preservation reduction negative, 16mm preservation reduction positive].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Arrests - Authors: Alexander Dumas - Bankers - Beaches - Boats - Brooches - Children - Crime: Murder (Attempted) - Death: Suicide - Disguises - Dungeons - Escapes - False accusations - Farewells - Feasts - Fights: Duels, Sword - France - Furniture: Beds, Cots - Handwriting - Inns - Invalids - Kissing - Letters - Loans - Maps - Marriages - Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) - Oars - Oceans - Plots - Ports - Priests - Prisoners - Quill pens - Reconciliations - Rescues - Sailing ships - Sailors - Sentries - Soldiers - Starvation - Telescopes - Toasts - Tools: Axes, Picks - Treasure - Visions - Water - Weapons: Guns, Knives, Rifles
Listing updated: 25 June 2009.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.0810; Blum-Silent pp. 35, 37; Everson-American pp. 36, 58, 59-60, 175; Everson-Detective p. 8; Limbacher-Feature p. 50; Niver-Early p. 67; Sinyard-Silent p. 16; Sklar-Movie p. 44; Tarbox-Lost pp. 142, 143 : Website-IMDb.
Home video: DVD.