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Illegitimate Child

A Feature film by Marcel L'Herbier

Produced by Pathé-Natan

Release in France : 03/02/1930

    Synopsis

    A woman has an illegitimate son. She used to be a music-hall artist (les Folies Bergère) and she has had a lover (a politician) for many years. Now the child has become a young man and the politician's career is buoyant: he is to become a State secretary. This nasty man is sick and tired of his lover's friends (among which Michel Simon in a cameo). The lady's son, who is a journalist, decides to blackmail the reluctant father-in-law.

    Actors (17)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Pathé-Natan

    French distribution :

    Pathé-Natan

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Distribution

    Subject

    Like many other early ventures in sound film, Illegitimate Child was an adaptation of a stage play. This was the first fully talking picture to be made in a French studio. In addition to the technical problems presented by the heavy new sound cameras, L'Herbier was also required to make the film simultaneously in three different language versions (French, English and German) which meant that several actors had to be used in some of the roles. The film was sufficiently successful to attract other similar offers.

    Full credits (7)

    Author of original work :

    Henry Bataille

    Screenwriter :

    Marcel L'Herbier

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Labrely

    Music Composers :

    Raoul Moretti, Joseph Szulc

    Producers :

    Emile Natan, Bernard Natan

    Director of Photography :

    Victor Armenise

    Production Designers :

    Lucien Aguettand, Robert Gys

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1930

    French release :

    03/02/1930

    Runtime :

    1 h 38 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.33

    Audio format :

    Mono