Cinema: The New Pictures: Nov. 9, 1931

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer) is remarkable because in it Helen Hayes appears in cinema for the first time and because it succeeds in its intention—to make audiences weep.

The story contains much familiar pathos. It is about a French peasant girl who devotes her life to supporting an illegitimate son. First she takes up with a successful Parisian thief (Lewis Stone). When the thief is arrested, she is sent to jail as his accomplice. She leaves her son to be reared in a state institution...

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