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Marie Antoinette -- Lavish biography of the French queen who "let them eat cake."


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Claudine West (screen play) &
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Release Date:
26 August 1938 (USA) See more »
The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Norma Shearer ... Marie Antoinette

Tyrone Power ... Count Axel de Fersen

John Barrymore ... King Louis XV

Robert Morley ... King Louis XVI

Anita Louise ... Princesse de Lamballe

Joseph Schildkraut ... Duke d'Orléans

Gladys George ... Mme. du Barry
Henry Stephenson ... Count de Mercey
Cora Witherspoon ... Countess de Noailles
Barnett Parker ... Prince de Rohan

Reginald Gardiner ... Comte d'Artois

Henry Daniell ... La Motte
Leonard Penn ... Toulan

Albert Dekker ... Comte de Provence (as Albert Van Dekker)
Alma Kruger ... Empress Maria Theresa

Joseph Calleia ... Drouet
George Meeker ... Robespierre
Scotty Beckett ... The Dauphin

Marilyn Knowlden ... Princesse Thérèse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Passport Official (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Man with Pike (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Rabblerouser (uncredited)
King Baggot ... Nobleman at Court (uncredited)
Bonnie Bannon ... Girl (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Municipal Taking the Young Dauphin (uncredited)
Robert Barrat ... Citizen-Officer (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Townsman at Execution (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ... Lackey (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Official in Passport Office (uncredited)

Peter Bull ... Gamin (uncredited)
John Burton ... Lafayette (uncredited)

Mae Busch ... Mme. La Motte (uncredited)
John Butler ... Second Municipal Taking the Young Dauphin (uncredited)
Frank Campeau ... Lemonade Vendor (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Beauregard (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Revolutionary Officer (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Lady in Waiting to Madame Du Barry (uncredited)
Ocean Claypool ... Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
Roger Converse ... Man in Gaming House (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Executioner (uncredited)
Earl Covert ... Singer in Death Chant (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Danton (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Mme. 'Feldy' de Lerchenfeld (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Minister at King's Council (uncredited)
Howard Da Silva ... Toulon (uncredited)

Harry Davenport ... Monsieur de Cosse (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... Archbishop (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Man in Gaming House (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Woman Yelling at Rabblerouser (uncredited)
Frank Elliott ... King's Chamberlain (uncredited)

Billy Engle ... Man with Goblet (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Old Aristocrat at Opera (uncredited)
Ann Evers ... Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Soldier (uncredited)

Barry Fitzgerald ... Peddler (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... First Councilor (uncredited)
Jack George ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ... Dowager (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)

Lawrence Grant ... Old Nobleman at Birth of Dauphin (uncredited)
Jack Grey ... Courtesan (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Young Man Fetching Priest (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... National Guardsman (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Herald (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Major Domo (uncredited)

George Houston ... Marquis De St. Priest (uncredited)
Esther Howard ... Streetwalker (uncredited)
Mary Howard ... Olivia (uncredited)
Hugh Huntley ... Man in Opera Gallery (uncredited)
Arthur Hurni ... Rabblerouser (uncredited)

Ruth Hussey ... Duchess de Polignac (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Monsieur Boehmer - the Jeweler (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Keeper of the Seal (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... General (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Guard in Louis' Cell (uncredited)
Claude King ... Choisell (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Priest (uncredited)
Henry Kolker ... Court Aide (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Franz (uncredited)
Duke R. Lee ... Coach Driver (uncredited)
Harts Lind ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... French Peasant (uncredited)

Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Soldier with Rude Laugh (uncredited)

Horace McMahon ... Rabblerouser (uncredited)
John Merton ... Soldier Announcing Birth (uncredited)
Helene Millard ... Lady in Waiting to Du Barry (uncredited)
Frances Millen ... Lady in Waiting to Du Barry (uncredited)
M. Morova ... Singer in Death Chant (uncredited)
Corbet Morris ... LaRue (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Man Yelling 'Have You Proof?' (uncredited)
Bea Nigro ... Woman at the Opera (uncredited)
Mimi Olivera ... Lady in Waiting to Du Barry (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... Bearded Leader of the People (uncredited)
Rafaela Ottiano ... Louise - Marie's Maid (uncredited)
Claire Owen ... Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Fish Wife (uncredited)
Billy Platt ... Midget in Student Ball Number (uncredited)
Guy Bates Post ... Convention President (uncredited)
Alonzo Price ... Second Guardsman (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Rabblerouser (uncredited)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Goguelot (uncredited)
'Little Billy' Rhodes ... Midget in Student Ball Number (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Revolutionary Officer (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... Guillaume (uncredited)
Tom Rutherford ... St. Clair (uncredited)
Brent Sargent ... St. Pre (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Townsman at Execution (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Citizen (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Mrs. Tilson - Setting the Table for Four (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Sauce (uncredited)
William Steele ... Footman (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... National Guardsman Bringing Toy Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Second Councilor (uncredited)
Frank Arthur Swales ... Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Phillip Terry ... Man in Gaming House (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Dowager at Birth of Dauphin (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Officer in Entrance Hall (uncredited)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... King's Confessor (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ... Swedish Ambassador (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Dr. Benjamin Franklin (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... Woman in Gaming House (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Marat (uncredited)
Lyons Wickland ... Laclos (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ... Singer in Death Chant (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Juror (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Herbert - the Jailer (uncredited)
George Zucco ... Governor of Conciergerie (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke  (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
Julien Duvivier (uncredited)
Writing credits
Claudine West (screen play) &
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) and
Ernest Vajda (screen play)

Stefan Zweig (based in part on the book by)

Zoe Akins  uncredited
F. Scott Fitzgerald  uncredited
Bruno Frank  uncredited
Samuel Hoffenstein  uncredited
Talbot Jennings  dialogue (uncredited)
Noel Langley  uncredited
Robert E. Sherwood  uncredited
Carey Wilson  uncredited

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
George J. Folsey (uncredited)
Leonard Smith (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Gile Steele (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Frank Messenger .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Tourneur .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Kolb .... electrical engineer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert W. Stringer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Albertina Rasch .... dances
George Richelavie .... technical advisor
Bob Barnes .... production staff (uncredited)
Rebecca Breskin .... researcher (uncredited)
Ray Deichsel .... researcher (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... press representative (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
May Huyn .... researcher (uncredited)
Thelma Johnson .... researcher (uncredited)
Elliott Morgan .... researcher (uncredited)
Mary Smith .... researcher (uncredited)
John Wenzel .... researcher (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin .... grateful acknowledgment: for his contribution of the production preparation
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
149 min | USA:157 min (original road show print including entry, intermission and exit music)
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4322) | West Germany:12

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The Los Angeles premiere was held at the legendary Carthay Circle Theatre, where the landscaping was specially decorated for the event.See more »
Factual errors: In the lavish ball sequence at Versailles that appears to take place in the famous Hall of Mirrors, King Louis XV (and later, Mme du Pompadour) arrives by descending a huge flight of stairs. Yet the real Hall of Mirrors has no stairs, at either end.See more »
Marie:You thought of me as something quite wonderful, didn't you? But instead you found an empty-headed, ill-mannered little fool. You see, monsieur, how sadly I am changed.
Count Axel de Fersen:Oh no, madame! You've made pleasure a shield against lonliness and slander, but you could never change so deep a heart, so eager to be loved. Everyone, even the highest, has some dream of love in his heart and unless he achieve it he must fill that emptiness with noise, fame, excitement, pleasure.
Marie:Where did you learn this, monsieur?
Count Axel de Fersen:In museums, mostly.
Count Axel de Fersen:They're very dull, most of them, and neglected, but you'll always find someone there gazing over the relics of queens who were true lovers. There isn't much to see... a ring, a glove, a fan perhaps, but we preserve them as much as we do our laws and we have much more faith in them.
Marie:Do you think one-hundred years hence some Swedish gentleman wandering in Paris might smile over a relic of Marie Antoinette? A miniature perhaps, or a ring? This very ring, for instance.
[She removes a ring from her hand and shows it to him]
Marie:Its centuries old. It has an inscription on it
[She reads it aloud]
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Empathy defined, 20 January 2003
Author: ayokum from Long Island, New York

It never ceases to amaze me at how completely I might be suddenly drawn into the emotional moment of a film by the power of the actor. Usually the strongest ones come suddenly, and without warning, giving you no time to put up defenses. Brando's eruptions of moods when talking to his dead wife in Last Tango in Paris is probably the most dramatic example of this. (His greatest scene ever, that I have witnessed) But before that, Norma Shearer's panic and utter emotional breakdown when the guards come to take her son from her in the prison, is overwhelming and complete. Anyone who is not genuinely moved to the core by this incredible performance, either sleeps or does not possess those human sensitivities that are torn by the loss of a child. For it is not sympathy that is evoked, but an empathy called forth by the raw, human agony of the suffering before you. Years later when I visited the actual site in Paris where that tragedy would have taken place, I experienced a time of respect and reflection such as I have never had in any other place in the world that I have visited.

This is one of the truly great films. If you want to find out how deeply someone can feel, show it to them and observe. Norma Shearer set a standard I fear has been forgotten, as evidenced by the way tinsel town hands out awards today for mediocre work pushed onto the modern consciousness by glitzy ad campaigns and self-serving accolades.

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