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Director:
Writers:
Claudine West (screen play) &
Donald Ogden Stewart (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:
"They don't make them this way anymore!" 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
This was reported to have been the first time a film crew was allowed to film on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Count Axel de Fersen:I must let you go. Goodbye.
Marie:Good night. Or, if you wish good morning. I shall never say goodbye.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Honolulu (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Orpheus and EuridiceSee more »

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"They don't make them this way anymore!", 19 July 2000
Author: willyboy_ky from Newport, Kentucky

Often said, and, for better or for worse, just as often true: "Marie Antoinette" is one of THE definitive examples of an MGM prestige picture, 1930s style. Years in planning and preproduction, "Marie Antoinette" was Norma Shearer's first film after Irving Thalberg's death: little expense was spared in making the "First Lady of MGM"'s return to the screen a royal one in every sense.

Technically superb, the film suffers from erratic pacing and a patchwork script. But the supporting cast alone almost compensates for these deficiencies: Robert Morley side-stepping caricature to make Louis XVI touchingly human; John Barrymore and Gladys George contributing brilliant, razor-sharp vignettes as Louis XV and Madame du Barry (indeed, the confrontation between Marie Antoinette and du Barry is one of the film's highlights); and Joseph Schildkraut redefining the term "oily" as the scheming Duke of Orleans. Only Tyrone Power (borrowed from 20th Century-Fox) comes off less well; this, perhaps is due more to an ill-conceived role in the script than to a lack of acting ability as such.

But it is, first and foremost, Shearer's film and she is superb. From the young, light-hearted Austrian Archduchess to the fun-loving, lightheaded Queen to the prematurely aged but proud and defiant widow on her way to the guillotine, Shearer is in full command, giving a splendid display of her artistry (including, in the prison scenes, an outstanding example of silent film technique): it is her finest mature dramatic performance.

Carps, quibbles, and differences of opinion? Yes, every film lover has them, if only out of love for the medium or a specific film. But after viewing a film such as "Marie Antoinette," it can with utmost conviction be stated, "They DON'T make them that way anymore."

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