The Return of Monte Cristo (1946 film)

The Return of Monte Cristo is a 1946 swashbuckler film which is a sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) and The Son of Monte Cristo (1940).

The Return of Monte Cristo
Directed byHenry Levin
Produced byEdward Small
Grant Whytock
Screenplay byGeorge Bruce
Alfred Neumann
Based onstory by Curt Siodmak
Arnold Phillips
StarringLouis Hayward
George Macready
Music byLucien Moraweck
CinematographyCharles Lawton, Jr.
Edited byRichard Fantl
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
December 19, 1946
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States


The grandson of the Count of Monte Cristo is falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned on Devil's Island. He escapes and seeks revenge against those responsible for his imprisonment.



Edward Small made the film in collaboration with Columbia Studios, using an old commitment he had with Louis Hayward.[2] Hayward was paid $35,000.[1]


Reviews were positive.[3] Edward Small announced plans to star Louis Hayward in The Treasure of Monte Cristo but no film resulted.[4][5] (There were films called The Treasure of Monte Cristo released in 1949 and 1961 but not from Small.)


  1. Bernard Dick, The Merchant Prince of Poverty Row : Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1993. p 135
  2. "PARAMOUNT BUYS HARVESTING STORY: Studio Will Produce Houston Branch's 'The Big Haircut' --Lead to Alan Ladd". New York Times. 11 May 1946. p. 34.
  3. Return of Monte Cristo' Exciting Drama Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Jan 1947: A2.
  4. Again, Monte Cristo! Beery Jr. Joins 'Scout' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 June 1948: 22.
  5. SMALL PLANS FILM ON 'MONTE CRISTO': Seeks Louis Hayward for Lead in Movie on Dumas Hero -- Beloin Doing Hope Script By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 15 June 1948: 33.
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