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was released in England as , the name of the real-life historical personage portrayed by Greta Garbo. The film begins in 1807, when Marie, a Polish countess, is dispatched by her country to meet with Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Charles Boyer). Marie has been encouraged to press for Polish independence by whatever means possible--and though no one comes out and says as much, it is understood that she will offer herself sexually to the promiscuous Napoleon. She dutifully becomes Bonaparte's mistress, bears his child, and--almost as an afterthought--falls in love with him. Thanks to the political chicanery of Talleyrand (Reginald Owen), Napoleon is obliged to marry Hapsburg princess Marie Louise, and Marie is cast aside, her usefulness at an end. Only after Napoleon has been exiled to Elba in 1815 is he reunited with Marie and their son (Scotty Beckett). Though it stands up pretty well today, was a flop in 1937, and the beginning of the end of Garbo's screen career. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 22, 1937


Awarded by
National Board of Review Charles Boyer Best Acting 1937 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Boyer Best Actor 1937 Nominee
National Board of Review Maria Ouspenskaya Best Acting 1937 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Art Direction 1937 Nominee


Greta Garbo
as Marie Walewska
Charles Boyer
as Napoleon
Reginald Owen
as Talleyrand
Henry Stephenson
as Count Walewska
Leif Erickson
as Paul Lachinski
Dame May Whitty
as Laetitia Bonaparte
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Countess Pelagia
Noble Johnson
as Roustan
Henry Kolker
as Senator Wybitcki
Ivan Lebedeff
as Cossack Captain
Lois Meredith
as Countess Potocka
Oscar Apfel
as Count Potocka
George Davis
as Grenadier
Robert Warwick
as Capt. Laroux
Jean Fenwick
as Maria Louisa
Rosina Galli
as Bianca
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Dying Soldier
Scotty Beckett
as Alexandre
Betty Blythe
as Princess Mirska
Claude Gillingwater
as Stephan
Henry C. Gordon
as Prince Poniatowski
Ralf Harolde
as Lejeune
George Zucco
as Senator Malachowski
Betty Blythe
as Princess Mirska
Ralf Harolde
as Lejeune
Henry C. Gordon
as Prince Poniatowski
Scotty Beckett
as Alexandre
Claude Gillingwater
as Stephan


Clarence Brown
Waclaw Gasiorowski
Book Author
S.N. Behrmann
Salka Viertel
Samuel Hoffenstein
Karl W. Freund
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Held
Cedric Gibbons
Production Designer