The Count of Monte Cristo is a 1934 American adventure film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Robert Donat and Elissa Landi. Based on the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, the story concerns a man who is unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him. When he finally escapes, he seeks revenge against the greedy men who conspired to put him in prison. This is the first sound film adaptation of Dumas' novel - five silent films preceded it. The Count of Monte Cristo was voted one of the ten best pictures of 1934 by Film Daily's annual poll of critics.