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The Pearls of the Crown (1937)

Les perles de la couronne (original title)
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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Jean Martin / François Ier / Barras / Napoléon III
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L'officier du roi (English narrator) / Le roi Henry VIII
Renée Saint-Cyr ...
Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne
Enrico Glori ...
La camérier du pape (Italian narrator)
Ermete Zacconi ...
Barbara Shaw ...
Marguerite Moreno ...
Catherine de Medicis (1860) / L'impératrice Eugénie âgée (1914)
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La reine d'Abyssinie
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Le ministre d'Abyssinie (as Dalio)
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Le prisonnier italien en Abyssinie
Robert Seller ...
Le prisonnier français en Abyssinie
Ponzio ...
Un ouvrier chantant
Andrews Engelmann ...
James - le voleur (as Engelman)
Yvette Pienne ...
La reine Marie Tudor / La reine Elizabeth I / La reine Victoria âgée
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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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11 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Sacha Guitry's The Pearls of the Crown (Les perles de la couronne)  »

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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Friday 2 August 1939. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. See more »

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Unexceptional
8 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Unexceptional telling of the history behind the pearls on the crown of England. Most of the film is narrated from the present day in flashback, as three heads of state, form England, France and Italy, manipulate family marriages, have numerous affairs and resort to murder to advance their own selfish desires. The pearls frequently exchange hands during all of this, eventually some end up on the crown but three are stolen. Back in the present day, three men are determined to track down those three pearls, leading to more flashbacks. Characters come and go at a lightning pace throughout, we hardly get to know one of them before another group is introduced. As a result, it's hard to care about any of them. Only the present day characters have any kind of continuity, and they are a wealthy, shallow group, obsessed with finding the pearls for no reason other than to make a movie about it.


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