Une cause célèbre

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There are a number of dramatic works using this title:

(Not including the English play Cause Célèbre (1975) by Terence Rattigan.)

Une cause célèbre (1877) by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugene Cormon

Une cause célèbre is a melodrama in six parts ("Drame en six parties") by Adolphe Phillipe d'Ennery (1811-1899)[1] and Eugène Cormon (1811-1903)[2]

The original text

The tale of a French soldier wrongfully sentenced to the galleys for the murder of his wife.

The play was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique on 4 December 1877 (reviewed by Emile Zola on the 10th)[3] thereafter opening at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin on 27 December.

The earliest and most frequently found version of the text is a short prose summary ("Compte-rendu") by Gustave Desgranges, published in 1878 (Beziers, Imprimerie du commerce de P. Rivière).

The full text published by C. Levy, 1900.

Translations and adaptations

Was the basic text for A Celebrated Case, an American silent film starring Alice Joyce, Guy Coombs and Marguerite Courtot. It is based on the 1877 play Une cause célèbre by Adolphe Philippe Dennery and Eugene Cormon. A French soldier is wrongfully sentenced to the galleys for the murder of his wife.


Facsimile version of the cover page of the prose retelling by Desgranges[4]

Henri Mitterand and Halina Suwala.1968. Émile Zola, journaliste: bibliographie chronologie et analytique (Volume 1). Presses Université Franche-Comté:p. 111[5]

Une cause célèbre, ou l'Héritier de Manchester by Lurieu Gabriel ()

Une cause célèbre, ou l'Héritier de Manchester, drame en 3 actes, par Lurieu Gabriel [en collaboration avec Théaulon]. [Paris, Gaîté, 25 mai 1837.] Date de l'édition originale : 1837