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Release Date:
9 February 1934 (USA) See more »
Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Literate and thoughtful screenplay See more (58 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Christina

John Gilbert ... Antonio
Ian Keith ... Magnus

Lewis Stone ... Oxenstierna
Elizabeth Young ... Ebba

C. Aubrey Smith ... Aage

Reginald Owen ... Charles
Georges Renavent ... French Ambassador
David Torrence ... Archbishop
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... General (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
Ferdinand Munier ... Innkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Peasant in Crowd (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Antonio's Companion in Coach (uncredited)
Barbara Barondess ... Elsa (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Magnus' Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
James Burke ... Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
Cora Sue Collins ... Christina as a Child (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Woman at Court when Antonio arrive at Christines Throne (uncredited)
Muriel Evans ... Barmaid at Inn (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Drinker Betting on 9 (uncredited)

Lawrence Grant ... Bit part (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Paul Hurst ... Swedish Soldier Betting on 6 (uncredited)
Gladden James ... 3rd Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
Fred Kohler ... Member of the Court at Abdication (uncredited)

Frank McGlynn Jr. ... 2nd Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
Edward Norris ... Count Jacob (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Cook at the Inn (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... King Gustavus Adolphus (uncredited)

Akim Tamiroff ... Pedro (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
Writing credits
H.M. Harwood (screen play) and
Salka Viertel (screen play)

Salka Viertel (from the original story by) and
Margaret P. Levino (from the original story by)

S.N. Behrman (dialogue)

Harvey Gates  uncredited
Ben Hecht  uncredited
Rouben Mamoulian  uncredited
Ernest Vajda  uncredited
Claudine West  uncredited

Produced by
Walter Wanger .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (musical score)
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell (film editor)
Production Design by
Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Alexander Toluboff 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (interior decoration)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Art Wilson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Greta Garbo (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Cavens .... stager: sword fight (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
99 min | 99 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1934) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1964) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

For the famous closing shot of Greta Garbo at the prow of the ship, director Rouben Mamoulian had wanted the camera to begin with a long shot, and then, in one unbroken take, gradually dolly in on a two-thirds close-up of Garbo's face, holding on her at the end of the shot. Unfortunately, with the camera's 48mm lens that close to the human face, pores tend to resemble craters on the surface of the moon. Borrowing on aspects of the magic lantern, Mamoulian devised a large, ruler-shaped, glass filter strip that was clear at one end, becoming increasingly more diffused along its length. With this glass filter mounted in front of the lens, as the camera moved in on Garbo, the glass strip was gradually drawn through the filter holder, beginning with the clear end, and ending with the diffused end (close-up), softening Garbo's facial features with more flattering resultsSee more »
Continuity: When being crowned, the Chancellor is to the right of the throne, then is further away, then step up to the young queen twice.See more »
Magnus:I am your destiny, Christina.
Queen Christina:Are you? I long to escape my destiny.
Magnus:You will long to return to it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in King Kong (2005)See more »


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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Literate and thoughtful screenplay, 9 August 1999
Author: Gyran from Birmingham, England

I sometimes think that films should be ranked rather like golfers, with a seniors' section for the over 50s. It is often difficult for the inherent quality of a film to shine through the grainy black and white, crackly sound, stagey sets and ludicrous back-projections. One test of a classic film is: if you went and saw it at your local multiplex tonight, would you enjoy it. Maybe Casablanca, Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon...and, surprisingly, Queen Christina looking as modern and sexy today as when it was made in 1933. The main thing that makes it stand out from the crowd is its literate and thoughtful screenplay. The subject matter is new to most people who, like myself, have only the sketchiest of knowledge about 17th century Swedish history. Garbo is magnificent as an intelligent, liberated queen. She spends most of the film in men's clothes and thigh-length boots. I'm always rather incredulous of the Shakespearean convention where the heroine only has to put on a pair of trousers and everyone assumes she is a boy. Queen Christina delightfully pokes fun at this convention. Garbo, dressed as a boy, finds that she has to share the last room at the inn with John Gilbert, the Spanish envoy. In a scene that radiates sexiness, Garbo only has to take off her jacket for Gilbert to realise that she is all woman.

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