7.1/10
447
9 user 7 critic

The Pearls of the Crown (1937)

Les perles de la couronne (original title)
Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls, four of them now in the British Crown. Episodes whirl ... See full summary »

Director:

Sacha Guitry

Writers:

Sacha Guitry (screenplay) (as L'Auteur), Christian-Jaque (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood.

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Adolphe Borchard, Marcel Lucien
Désiré (1937)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook, maid, and chauffeur needs a valet. On the eve of going with the minister ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Jacqueline Delubac, Jacques Baumer
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A husband who has just cheated on his wife returns home in the early morning, puzzled. He finds there, without knowing it, the lover of his wife, to whom he confesses his infidelity.

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Raimu, Jacqueline Delubac
Quadrille (1938)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The battle of the sexes as drawing room social satire. Philippe, a middle-aged newspaper editor, has lived for six years with Paulette, a successful stage actress. He tells her friend ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Gaby Morlay, Jacqueline Delubac
La Poison (1951)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court.

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Michel Simon, Jean Debucourt, Jacques Varennes
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Let Guitry take you down cause he's going to...Elysées Fields .

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Lucien Baroux, Jean Périer
Craig's Wife (1936)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power.

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke
Destiny (1921)
Drama | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen
Moonrise (1948)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore
The Ascent (1977)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches.

Director: Larisa Shepitko
Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev
Human Desire (1954)
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The close friendship of three German soldiers is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman, who is dying of tuberculosis.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Enrico Glori ... La camérier du pape (Italian narrator)
Ermete Zacconi ... Le pape Clement VII
Barbara Shaw 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 Robert Seller ... Le prisonnier français en Abyssinie
Ponzio Ponzio ... Un ouvrier chantant
Andrews Engelmann ... James - le voleur (as Engelman)
Yvette Pienne Yvette Pienne ... La reine Marie Tudor / La reine Elizabeth I / La reine Victoria âgée
Edit

Storyline

Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls, four of them now in the British Crown. Episodes whirl us from Pope Clement VII to Mary Queen of Scots, from whom the pearls are stolen while she's occupied with the headsman. Historic events are seasoned with sly, satiric humor, and famous beauties are portrayed by stunning actresses. Then the narrators meet, and decide to try tracing the three unrecovered pearls from 1587 to the present... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

11 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacha Guitry's The Pearls of the Crown (Les perles de la couronne) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinéas See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Friday 2 August 1939. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Stick with it.. it gets better
16 July 2013 | by rayincumbriaSee all my reviews

I was really looking forward to this, my third Guitry.. I'd liked the other two, and I'm a bit of a history buff.. so it should be a winner...

I almost gave up in the first hour.. I found it very dry and dull... but all of a sudden, once the three were dispatched on their quest, it improved dramatically. There was sparkle, wit and interest that seemed to be missing from the first half (Which felt like a slow plod through history)

Perhaps I just happened to tune in..

So my apologies for the poor '5' score.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed