This acclaimed version of the classic Victor Hugo tale follows the life of Jean Valjean (Fredric March), a former convict who was imprisoned for stealing bread for his sister's family. After years in jail, Valjean attempts to readjust to life as a free man, but he finds that many are not forgiving of his past, particularly the obsessive Inspector Javert (Charles Laughton). Perpetually on the run, Valjean finds comfort in the chaos by caring for the young peasant girl Cosette (Rochelle Hudson).
Director: Richard Boleslawski
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Cast: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson, Marilyn Knowlden, Frances Drake, John Beal, Jessie Ralph, Florence Eldridge, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Eily Malyon, Vernon Downing, Lyons Wickland, John Carradine, Charles Haefeli and Leonid Kinskey