The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

1956 - United Kingdom

ITC series based on Alexander Dumas' masterpiece of mystery and intrigue, Le Comte de Monte Cristo, first published in 1845. Dumas' original story told of the elaborate vengeance of Edmond Dantes, who was falsely accused of being a Bonapartiste conspirator in 1815 and consequently imprisoned for many years in the Chateau d'If. There, a dying prisoner told him of treasure to be found on the island of Monte Cristo, and after breaking free, Dantes took it for his own, setting himself up as a nobleman on the proceeds. 

The TV series expanded and took Dantes beyond the original story, turning him into a Gallic version of Robin Hood as a righter of all wrongs. Cristo was played by George Dolenz. An American citizen by naturalisation, George was born in Trieste, and emigrated to South America before settling down in California where his handsome features got him into the movie business. His son, Mickey, went on to find television fame at the youthful age of 10 under the stagename Mickey Braddock, then years later as Mickey Dolenz one member of 'made for TV' pop group The Monkees

The Count of Monte Cristo, which was aired in the USA first, began with a three part story directed by veteran Hollywood director Budd Boeticher and Cristo was accompanied by a faithful mute companion, Jacopo, actor Nick Cravat, who had starred opposite Burt Lancaster in another medieval jaunt, namely the 1950 movie The Flame and the Arrow.

Published on December 5th, 2018. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.

Read Next...

Robin Hood in Space article

How 'Blake's 7' took its narrative from classic folklore and the fictional adventures of 'the greatest of all English myths'

Also tagged Swashbuckling Adventure

The Adventures of Aggie

An oddity - a British made sitcom from the 1950s starring a US actress so it could be sold to America.

Also released in 1956

The Adventures of Ben Gunn

A six-part prequel to Treasure Island which explains how Ben Gunn became a pirate, where the buried treasure in Treasure Island came from, and how John Silver lost his leg.

Also tagged Swashbuckling Tv Series

Cookery Lesson TV programme

Cookery Lesson was a series of twelve programmes that introduced viewers to the basic principles of cooking, working from the assumption that the TV audience didn't even know how to boil an egg.

Also released in 1956

Luke's Kingdom

A family are uprooted from their Yorkshire home by their father in 1829 following the death of their mother, and taken to the other side of the world to start afresh in New South Wales.

Also tagged Swashbuckling Adventure

The Gay Cavalier

Swashbuckling adventure as yet another historical rogue is turned into a hero for 1950s British television.

Also tagged Swashbuckling Adventure

The Musketeers TV series

Swashbuckling series based on Alexander Dumas' adventurous 17th century characters. When d'Artagnan and his father are attacked on the way to Paris resulting in the father's death, the young swordsman seeks revenge on the murderer. A musketeer called Athos.

Also tagged Swashbuckling Adventure

Circus Boy

A ten-year old boy is adopted by a circus clown after his trapeze artist father is killed in a tragic accident.

Also released in 1956

The Adventures of Hiram Holiday

The Adventures of Hiram Holliday appeared on British television screens in 1960, three years after it had been cancelled by the US network NBC.

Also released in 1956