Condemned (1929 film)

Condemned is a 1929 American black and white pre-Code melodrama, directed by Wesley Ruggles, and starring Ronald Colman, Ann Harding, Dudley Digges, Louis Wolheim, William Elmer, and Wilhelm von Brincken. The movie was adapted by Sidney Howard from the novel by Blair Niles.

Directed byWesley Ruggles
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byBlair Niles
(story "Condemned to Devil's Island")
Sidney Howard (screenplay)
StarringRonald Colman
Ann Harding
Dudley Digges
Louis Wolheim
William Elmer
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Gregg Toland
Edited byStuart Heisler
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 3, 1929 (1929-11-03) (premiere)
  • November 16, 1929 (1929-11-16) (wide)
Running time
86 minutes (sound)
9000 ft. (silent)
CountryUnited States
Budget$600,000 (estimated)

Production background

This film was also released in a silent version running 9000 feet.[1] In 1930, Colman was nominated for an Academy Award in the Acting category for his work in this film and in Bulldog Drummond (1929). Condemned was the first of eight films written by Sidney Howard for producer Samuel Goldwyn, the last of which was Raffles (1939).



Note: this list is incomplete

  • "Song of the Condemned"
  • Written by Jack Meskill and Pete Wendling

International releases

The film is known by a variety of other names, including: Condenado in Portugal and Spain, Condemned to Devil's Island in the USA reissue, Condenado a Isla del Diablo in Argentina, Flucht von der Teufelsinsel in Austria, and L'isola del diavolo in Italy.


  1. Condemned,; accessed July 23, 2015.

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