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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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A very funny movie See more (8 total) »


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Jacqueline Delubac ... Françoise Martin / Marie Stuart / Joséphine de Beauharnais
Sacha Guitry ... Jean Martin / François Ier / Barras / Napoléon III

Lyn Harding ... 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 ... Le pape Clement VII
Barbara Shaw ... Anne de Boleyn
Marguerite Moreno ... Catherine de Medicis (1860) / L'impératrice Eugénie âgée (1914)

Arletty ... La reine d'Abyssinie

Marcel Dalio ... Le ministre d'Abyssinie (as Dalio)
Claude Dauphin ... 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

Raimu ... L'industriel du midi
Lisette Lanvin ... La petite femme / La reine Victoria jeune
Pierre Juvenet ... L'expert
Henri Crémieux ... Le commissaire-priseur
Aimé Simon-Girard ... Le roi Henry IV
Germaine Aussey ... Gabrielle d'Estrées

Simone Renant ... Madame Du Barry
Damia ... Une femme du peuple
Di Mazzei ... Un sans-culotte

Jean-Louis Barrault ... Bonaparte jeune (as J.L. Barrault)
Robert Pizani ... Monsieur de Talleyrand (as Pizani)
Émile Drain ... L'empereur Napoléon Ier (1815)

Huguette Duflos ... La reine Hortense
Raymonde Allain ... L'impératrice Eugénie (1865)
Violet Farebrother ... Une vieille lady
Rosine Deréan ... La jeune fille / Catherine d'Aragon
Marie Leconte ... La femme éplorée
Pierre Magnier ... Le vieux seigneur français
Cécile Sorel ... La Française du Grand Siècle
Lilie Granval ... La soprano
Jean Coquelin ... Le vieux bourgeois
Gaston Dubosc ... Le grand-duc
Pauline Carton ... Une femme de chambre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anaclara ... La négresse
Colette Borelli ... Marie Stuart enfant
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 ... Le connétable Anne de Montmorency
Laurence Atkins ... Madame Tallien / Madame d'Etampes (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 ... Le cardinal Wolsey (uncredited)
Paulette Élambert ... Catherine de Medicis enfant (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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A very funny movie, 7 September 2010
Author: richard-1787 ( from United States

Sacha Guitry's movies probably don't show up in college courses on French film. But then again, neither, I suspect, do Marcel Pagnol's, which says a lot about such courses. This movie, Les perles de la couronne, is not a great movie, by a long shot. It is, however, an extremely funny one. It is a whirlwind tour of French history, and the characters going flying by, most without development or even much dialogue. Acting, except in a few magisterial cases (Raimu), is non-existent. What you do get is a brilliant narrative delivered by its brilliant author, Sacha Guitry. He is nothing to look at - though he was married to a succession of some of the most beautiful women in French theater and cinema - but he knows how to read his own words. Cynical to the extreme, but very funny.

Other than that, most of the women in this movie are remarkably beautiful to look at.

And you get to see Raimu in his heyday. What more could you ask, after you've worn out your copies of Marius, La femme du boulanger, La fille du puisetier, and the other masterpieces he made with Pagnol? This is basically an extremely funny history lesson, history as it should be taught but seldom is.

Definitely a movie for everyone, including and maybe even especially for those who have been fed a dull diet of "important" French cinema. The camera work may be nothing to write home about here, but the narration is a stitch.

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