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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)
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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 ...
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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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It looks nice and it's a quality production....but it's dry as dust.
18 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Pearls of the Crown" is a very frustrating movie to watch. It looks very nice--with lovely costumes, nice acting and some gorgeous sets. But, unfortunately, it comes across as a very bad history lesson--so jam-packed full of characters and events from the last five hundred years that it made my head reel--and I am a retired history teacher!

Sacha Guitry was quite the auteur here--co-writing, directing and starring (in several roles) in this film. He was a talented man and did some lovely films. This, unfortunately, is not a particularly good one. The film is the history of a set of perfectly matched very large pear-shaped pearls. These pearls pass through LOTS of hands and the film is sure to show each and every one in a long, long series of vignettes. The first one is very long and well done--the other 3722348 are all too brief and hit you like an out of control freight train! All this is strung together with a plot of a man (Guitry) and two others who are in search of these illusive pearls. Even more episodic than "The Story of Mankind"--this one NEVER engaged me and only got worse as the film progressed. A clear misfire.

By the way, get a load of the Abyssinian queen--she's some white lady covered in copious amounts of dark paint.


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