Condemned (1929): Ronald Colman in Oscar Role

Ronald Colman’s second talking picture, Condemned, is a melodrama set on a Devil’s Island.

Directed by Wesley Ruggles, Condemned was adapted from Blair Niles’ novel Condemned to Devil’s Island by Sidney Howard.

In an Oscar nominated performance, Colman plays a condemned bank robber, trying to get the confidence of the warden (Dudley Digges) and the attention of the warden’s frustrated wife (Ann Harding). When she leaves for France, Colman escapes in order to join her.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Actor: Ronald Colman (also nominated the same year for “Bulldog Drummond”)

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner was British actor George Arliss for the biopicture, “Disraeli.”


Running time: 86 Minutes.

Directed by Wesley Ruggles

Released: November 3, 1929.