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Sacha Guitry (screenplay) and
Christian-Jaque (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 April 1938 (USA) See more »
Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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It looks nice and it's a quality production....but it's dry as dust. See more (8 total) »


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Jacqueline Delubac ... Françoise Martin / Mary Queen of Scots / Josephine
Sacha Guitry ... Jean Martin / François I / Barras / Napoleon III

Lyn Harding ... Equerry (English narrator) / Henry VIII
Renée Saint-Cyr ... Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne
Enrico Glori ... Chamberlain (Italian narrator)
Ermete Zacconi ... Pope Clement VII
Barbara Shaw ... Anne Boleyn
Marguerite Moreno ... Catherine de Medicis (1860) / Empress Eugenie (1914)

Arletty ... Queen of Abyssinia

Marcel Dalio ... 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 ... Queen Mary Tudor / Queen Elizabeth I / Queen Victoria

Raimu ... Industrialist
Lisette Lanvin ... Femme du monde / Reine Victoria (jeune)
Pierre Juvenet ... L'expert
Henri Crémieux ... Auctioneer
Aimé Simon-Girard ... Henri IV
Germaine Aussey ... Gabrielle d'Estrées

Simone Renant ... Madame Du Barry
Damia ... Woman of the People
Di Mazzei ... Sans-coulotte

Jean-Louis Barrault ... Young Bonaparte (as J.L. Barrault)
Robert Pizani ... Talleyrand (as Pizani)
Émile Drain ... Napoleon I (1815)

Huguette Duflos ... Queen Hortense
Raymonde Allain ... Empress Eugenie (1865)
Violet Farebrother ... An Old Lady
Rosine Deréan ... Young girl / Catherine d'Aragon
Marie Leconte ... A Woman in Misery
Pierre Magnier ... An Old Lord
Cécile Sorel ... A Courtesan
Lilie Granval ... Soprano
Jean Coquelin ... An Old man
Gaston Dubosc ... A Grand Duke
Pauline Carton ... Femme du Chambre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anaclara ... La négresse
Colette Borelli ... Mary Stuart (girl)
Julien Clément ... Le gigolo
Marfa d'Hervilly ... La vieille courtisane
Denis de Marney ... Darnley
Aline Debray
Dynalik ... Le petit rat
Georges Fels
Eugénie Fougère ... La vieille coquette
Gary Garland ... Une passagère sur le Normandie
Anthony Gildès ... Le vieil hongrois
Georges Grey ... Le jeune hongrois
Geneviève Guitry (as Geneviève de Saint Jean)
Lautner ... Le Titien
Oléo ... La petite poule
Jacqueline Pacaud ... Jane Seymour
Annie Rozanne
Léon Walther ... Anne de Montmorency
Laurence Atkins ... Madame Tallien / Madame d'Estampes (uncredited)
Jacques Berlioz ... Bit part (uncredited)
Humberto Catalano ... Spanelli (uncredited)
James Craven ... Hans Holbein (uncredited)
Derrick De Marney ... Darnley (uncredited)
Fred Duprez ... American (uncredited)

Romuald Joubé ... Clouet (uncredited)
Darling Légitimus ... (uncredited)
Percy Marmont ... Cardinal Wolsey (uncredited)
Paulette Élambert ... Catherine de Medicis (girl) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
Sacha Guitry (screenplay) (as L'Auteur) and
Christian-Jaque (screenplay)

Produced by
Serge Sandberg .... producer
Original Music by
Jean Françaix 
Cinematography by
Jules Kruger  (as J. Kruger)
Film Editing by
William Barache  (as W. Barache)
Myriam Borsoutsky  (as Myriam)
Art Direction by
Jean Perrier 
Costume Design by
Georges K. Benda  (as G.K. Benda)
Production Management
François Carron .... unit manager (as F. Caron)
Serge Sandberg .... production manager
René Montis .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Fossard .... assistant director
Guy Lacourt .... assistant director
Jeanne Étiévant .... assistant director
Sound Department
Marcel Courmes .... sound recordist (as M. Courmes)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Fossard .... assistant camera
Music Department
Georges Derveaux .... conductor (as M. Derveaux)
Orchestre Pasdeloup .... orchestra

Production Companies
  • Cinéas (as une production Serge Sandberg)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les perles de la couronne" - France (original title)
"Sacha Guitry's The Pearls of the Crown (Les perles de la couronne)" - USA (video box title)
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118 min | USA:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)


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2 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
It looks nice and it's a quality production....but it's dry as dust., 18 October 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"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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