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Mayerling (1936)

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry... See full summary »

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Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Claude Anet (novel), Joseph Kessel (dialogue) (as J. Kessel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... L'archiduc Rodolphe
Danielle Darrieux ... Marie Vetsera
Marthe Régnier Marthe Régnier ... La baronne Vetsera (as Marthe Regnier)
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... L'archiduchesse Stéphanie
Suzy Prim ... La comtesse Larisch
Gina Manès ... Marinka
Odette Talazac Odette Talazac ... La nourrice de Marie
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... Anna Vetsera
Nine Assia Nine Assia ... La cousine de Marie (as Assia)
Christiane Ribes Christiane Ribes ... Une fille (as Ribès)
Gabrielle Dorziat ... L'impératrice Élisabeth
Jean Dax ... L'empereur François-Joseph
Jean Debucourt ... Le comte Taafe (as Debucourt)
André Dubosc André Dubosc ... Loscheck, le valet de Rodophe
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Szeps (as Bergeron)
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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry no weight. He agrees to marry a princess to sire an heir, then spends his nights as a playboy. In 1888, he meets Marie Vetsera, 17, a baroness's daughter. She is resolute, smitten, and wants nothing in return for her love. The Prime Minister is alarmed; he contrives to have her sent away. Rudolf sinks into dissipation. When she returns, how will the lovers handle the opposition of society and their families? Can Rudolf find a way for them to be together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mayerlingi tragédia See more »

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Gross USA:

$240,000
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Production Co:

Nero Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trade paper news item: "New York, Thursday, April 25, 1940: All prints of "Mayerling" will be withdrawn from circulation and further distribution (in the U.S.), according to I.E. Lopert, president of Pax Films, Inc." See more »

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Sad But Not necessarily True
1 April 2002 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

This is the original movie version of the murder/suicide pact between Archduke Rudolph, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his mistress, Baroness Marie Vetsera. Made in France and subtitled for the English speaking audience, it stars Charles Boyer as Rudolph and Danielle Darrieux as Marie. Boyer obviously appeared to better advantage in French films... .....his whole persona appears different than that in his American roles. His interpretation of Rudolph is one of a tortured man who does not have much to do while waiting around to inherit the throne, so he dallies with Marie Vetsera and falls in love with her. Danielle Darrieux is bewitching as the Baroness.

The story unfolds to the inevitable conclusion of murder/suicide which threw the Empire into turmoil. History may record the events of what happened at Mayerling a little differently but it surely makes a good story of thwarted love and royal politics. The 1968 remake with Omar Shariff and Catherine Deneuve is not bad either. This legendary romance has fascinated people since the turn of the century. So have the Kleenex handy and enjoy!!


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