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The Pearls of the Crown (1937)
"Les perles de la couronne" (original title)

 |  Comedy, History  |  11 April 1938 (USA)
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Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls, four of them now in the British Crown. Episodes whirl ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Delubac ...
Sacha Guitry ...
Jean Martin / François I / Barras / Napoleon III
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Equerry (English narrator) / Henry VIII
Renée Saint-Cyr ...
Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne
Enrico Glori ...
Chamberlain (Italian narrator)
Ermete Zacconi ...
Barbara Shaw ...
Marguerite Moreno ...
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Queen of Abyssinia
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Abyssinian Minister (as Dalio)
Claude Dauphin ...
Italian in Abyssinia
Robert Seller ...
Englishman in Abyssinia
Ponzio ...
Singing worker
Andrews Engelmann ...
The Robber (as Engelman)
Yvette Pienne ...
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Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls, four of them now in the British Crown. Episodes whirl us from Pope Clement VII to Mary Queen of Scots, from whom the pearls are stolen while she's occupied with the headsman. Historic events are seasoned with sly, satiric humor, and famous beauties are portrayed by stunning actresses. Then the narrators meet, and decide to try tracing the three unrecovered pearls from 1587 to the present... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Delightful
10 February 2003 | by (Reston, VA) – See all my reviews

This unusual tri-lingual (French, English, Italien) film traces the history of seven pearls acquired at the behest of Pope Clement who gave them to Catherine d'Medici. The pearls are passed down to Mary, Queen of Scots. At the time of Mary's execution the pearls are stolen and separated. Four of them become part of the crown of England. The characters then try to discover what happened to the other three pearls.

It is a delightful film with clever, amusing dialogue. At one point a character is instructed to only speak using adverbs. She does so in answering a string of questions. It is a marvelous scene. Anyone who gets a chance to see this film should do so.


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