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Director:
Writers:
Claudine West (screen play) &
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Release Date:
26 August 1938 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
absolutely adored it - and Adrian worked overtime See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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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)

F. Scott Fitzgerald  uncredited
Talbot Jennings  dialogue (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 
 
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
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)
 
Thanks
Sidney Franklin .... grateful acknowledgment: for his contribution of the production preparation
 
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Runtime:
149 min | USA:157 min (original road show print including entry, intermission and exit music)
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Irving Thalberg originally planned for Charles Laughton to play the role of Louis XVI with wife Elsa Lanchester as Princess de Lamballe. Norma Shearer's pregnancy was the first of many postponements, and when the film was finally made, the Laughtons were no longer associated with it.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The stately minuet heard at the lavish ball sequence hosted by the Duc D'Orleans at Versailles, is from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, which was composed in 1787. A few moments after the Minuet ends, King Louis XV arrives. He died in 1774 and therefore, this music could not possibly have been played at such an event as it had yet to be written.See more »
Quotes:
Marie:I think I've known you would come. You promised to, you know?
Count Axel de Fersen:If you needed me, I said.
Marie:Yes, you said that.
Count Axel de Fersen:And, I said I would ask you: "Was it well done?"
Marie:It was well done. My husband has needed me. I am thankful to not have failed him.
Count Axel de Fersen:I understand.
Marie:I even love him. But the love I have for him takes nothing away from my friend. Of all there was between us the night you went away nothing has changed. For me, nothing has changed or ever will. Forgive me for telling you this without asking you if you had the right to hear it.
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29 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
absolutely adored it - and Adrian worked overtime, 10 September 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Adrian went all out for this lavish, gorgeous production of "Marie Antoinette" starring Norma Shearer, who is never more beautiful or glamorous than in this epic biography. This Marie is quite the heroine, a woman of the people, generous to a fault, and never says, "Let them eat cake," and would only have said it in reference to her children. History tells us that Marie's downfall was really the "Affair of the Necklace," and she was no different from other aristocrats in being totally out of touch with what was going on with the French people.

This film is jaw dropping in its splendor. Adrian's costumes are totally magnificent, as are the palace settings. Tyrone Power is drop-dead gorgeous as Marie's Swedish lover, who comes to her aid in her time of need. Power was the inspiration for Barbara Cartland to say, when asked how she could write so convincingly about sex while she was a still a virgin, "We didn't need sex. We had Tyrone Power." The rest of the cast is fantastic, including Robert Morley, John Barrymore, Joseph Schildkraut, and Gladys George. As for Norma, she does a great job, giving a vivid, if movie star, performance in one of her last films. The last scenes are very touching and beautifully done.

I had no expectations for this film and as a rule am not crazy about period pieces, but this one swept me away. It does follow history quite closely - for those who commented that the Tyrone Power character was fictional, he was not, and he did try to help her.

Don't miss this one.

**A funny Marie Antionette anecdote: The studio wanted Shearer to use their contract star, Robert Taylor, but Shearer got a look at Power at a dinner, invited him to be part of the film, and got her way. During their first kiss, she held on so long the kiss had to be edited down. Power apparently did not return her affections. She became angry. At a photo shoot, she appeared with gigantic plumes that hid him as he posed behind her and the plumes shot up. The photographer gave Power a box to stand on. As the photographer activated the flash, Power crashed through the box and hit the floor. Though he escorted Shearer to the premier, he snuck out to see his soon to be wife, Annabella.

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