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Marie Antoinette Details

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M.G.M.'s opulent costume drama marked a return to the screen after a two-year absence for reigning Queen of M.G.M. Norma Shearer. Shearer plays the title role of an Austrian princess who is married off to Louis Auguste (Robert Morley), the Dauphin of France. Marie, by becoming the Dauphine, finds herself plopped smack in the middle of French palace intrigue between Louis's father King Louis XV (John Barrymore) and his scheming cousin, the Duke of Orleans (Joseph Schildkraut). With Louis unable to consummate his marriage to Marie, she takes to holding elaborate parties and gambling her fortune away. In a casino, she meets the handsome Count Axel de Fersen (Tyrone Power) and they have an affair. But when Louis XV dies and Louis becomes King Louis XVI, Fersen takes his leave, telling her that he could carry on an affair with a dauphine but not the Queen of France. Marie vows to be a great queen and remain loyal to her king. But the Duke of Orleans is plotting against Louis XVI, financing the revolutionary radicals. When the monarchy is overthrown, Louis and Marie are thrown into prison, awaiting execution. But when word gets back to Fersen, he travels back to France in an attempt to rescue Marie. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Robert Morley Best Acting 1938 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Morley Best Supporting Actor 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herbert Stothart Best Original Score 1938 Nominee
Venice International Film Festival Norma Shearer Volpi Cup for Best Actress 1938 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norma Shearer Best Actress 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Art Direction 1938 Nominee

Cast

Norma Shearer
as Marie Antoinette
Tyrone Power
as Count Axel de Fersen
John Barrymore
as Louis XV
Robert Morley
as Louis XVI
Anita Louise
as Princess DeLamballe
Gladys George
as Mme. DuBarry
Joseph Schildkraut
as Duke of Orleans
Henry Stephenson
as Count Mercey
Cora Witherspoon
as Mme. DeNoailles
Barnett Parker
as Prince DeRohan
Henry Daniell
as La Motte
Leonard Penn
as Toulan
Alma Kruger
as Empress Maria Theresa
Joseph Calleia
as Drouet
George Meeker
as Robespierre
Scotty Beckett
as Dauphin
Erville Alderson
as Passport Official
Richard Alexander
as Man with Pike
Trevor Bardette
Al Bridge
as Official in Passport Office
Lane Chandler
as Revolutionary Officer
Dorothy Christy
Billy Engle
as Man with Goblet
Lawrence Grant
as Old Nobleman
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
Holmes Herbert
as Herald
Henry Kolker
as Court Aide
Duke Lee
as Coach Driver
Horace McMahon
as Rabblerouser
Helene Millard
Inez Palange
as Fish Wife
Alonzo Price
as Guardsman
Buddy Roosevelt
Harry Stubbs
as Councilor
Brent Sargent
as St. Pre
Reginald Gardiner
as Comte D'Artois
Peter Bull
as Gamin
Ivan Simpson
as Sauce
Marilyn Knowlden
as Princess Theresa
George Zucco
as Governor of Conciergerie
Ian Wolfe
as Herbert, the Jailer
Mae Busch
as Mme. LaMotte
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. De Lerchenfeld
Ruth Hussey
as Mme. Le Polignac
Victor Kilian
as Guard in Louis' Cell
Walter Walker
as Benjamin Franklin
Zeffie Tilbury
as Dowager at Birth of Dauphin
Claude King
as Choisell
Herbert Rawlinson
as Goguelot
Wade Crosby
as Lanton
Moroni Olsen
as Bearded Man
Barry Fitzgerald
as Peddler
Lionel Royce
as Guillaume
Anthony Warde
as Marat
Olaf Hytten
as Boehmer, the Jeweler
Rafaela Ottiano
as Louise, Marie's Maid
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as King's Confessor
Nigel de Brulier
as Archbishop
Ramsay Hill
as Major Domo
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Frank Campeau
as Lemonade Vendor
Theodore Von Eltz
as Officer in Entrance Hall
Frank Jaquet
as Keeper of the Seal
Harry Davenport
as Monsieur de Cosse
Hugh Huntley
as Man in Opera Hall
Harold Entwistle
as Old Aristocrat at Opera
Guy D'Ennery
as Minister at King's Council
Edward Keane
as General
Esther Howard
as Streetwalker
Albert Dekker
as Count de Provence
Howard Lang
as Franz
Frank Jaquet
as Keeper of the Seal
Holmes Herbert
as Herald
Duke Lee
as Coach Driver
Ivan Simpson
as Sauce
Al Bridge
as Official in Passport Office
Ruth Hussey
as Mme. Le Polignac
Inez Palange
as Fish Wife
Frank Campeau
as Lemonade Vendor
Henry Kolker
as Court Aide
Olaf Hytten
as Boehmer, the Jeweler
Lane Chandler
as Revolutionary Officer
Barry Fitzgerald
as Peddler
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Rafaela Ottiano
as Louise, Marie's Maid
Harry Stubbs
as Councilor
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. De Lerchenfeld
Billy Engle
as Man with Goblet
Reginald Gardiner
as Comte D'Artois
Lawrence Grant
as Old Nobleman
Albert Dekker
as Count de Provence
Edward Keane
as General
Zeffie Tilbury
as Dowager at Birth of Dauphin
Wade Crosby
as Lanton
Hugh Huntley
as Man in Opera Hall
Herbert Rawlinson
as Goguelot
Walter Walker
as Benjamin Franklin
Ian Wolfe
as Herbert, the Jailer
George Zucco
as Governor of Conciergerie
Ramsay Hill
as Major Domo
Esther Howard
as Streetwalker
Brent Sargent
as St. Pre
Marilyn Knowlden
as Princess Theresa
Claude King
as Choisell
Harold Entwistle
as Old Aristocrat at Opera
Harry Davenport
as Monsieur de Cosse
Nigel de Brulier
as Archbishop
Theodore Von Eltz
as Officer in Entrance Hall
Moroni Olsen
as Bearded Man
Mae Busch
as Mme. LaMotte
Alonzo Price
as Guardsman
Guy D'Ennery
as Minister at King's Council
Lionel Royce
as Guillaume
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as King's Confessor
Erville Alderson
as Passport Official
Victor Kilian
as Guard in Louis' Cell
Richard Alexander
as Man with Pike
Peter Bull
as Gamin
Horace McMahon
as Rabblerouser
Anthony Warde
as Marat

Crew

W.S. Van Dyke
Director
Hunt Stromberg
Producer
Claudine West
Screenwriter
Ernest Vajda
Screenwriter
Stefan Zweig
Book Author
Donald Ogden Stewart
Screenwriter
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Production Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Gile Steele
Costume Designer
Adrian
Costume Designer
Slavko Vorkapich
Special Effects
Albertina Rasch
Choreography
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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