Marie Antoinette (1938)





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This historical drama focuses on the Austrian princess who became a queen (Norma Shearer) via marriage to the future King of France, Louis XVI (Robert Morley). When her marriage proves loveless, she begins an affair with a Swedish count (Tyrone Power), who stays with her until she becomes queen--upon the death of Louis XV (John Barrymore). Meanwhile, unhappy revolutionaries led by the Duke of Orleans (Jose Schildkraut) plan to overthrow the government and when they succeed, the King and Queen land in prison. The Swedish nobleman then returns, hatching a plan to save her life.
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Norma Shearer
as Marie Antoinette
Tyrone Power
as Count Axel de Ferson
John Barrymore
as King Louis XV
Robert Morley
as King Louis XVI
Gladys George
as Mme. Du Barry
Anita Louise
as Princess DeLamballe
Joseph Schildkraut
as Duke of Orleans
Henry Stephenson
as Count Mercey
Peter Bull
as Gamin
Albert Dekker
as Count de Provence
Barnett Parker
as Prince de Rohan
Cora Witherspoon
as Mme. de Noailles
Walter Walker
as Benjamin Franklin
Henry Kolker
as Court Aide
Horace MacMahon
as Rabblerouser
Scotty Beckett
as Dauphin
Alma Kruger
as Empress Maria Theresa
Henry Daniell
as LaMotte
George Meeker
as Robespierre
Robert H. Barrat
as Citizen-Officer
Marilyn Knowlden
as Princess Theresa
Al Bridge
as Official in Passport Office
Leonard Penn
as Toulan
George Zucco
as Governor of Conciergerie
Theodore von Eltz
as Officer in Entrance Hall
Hugh Huntley
as Man in Opera Hall
Guy D'Ennery
as Minister
Ian Wolfe
as Herbert, the Jailer
John Burton
as Lafayette
Mae Busch
as Mme. LaMotte
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. De Lerchenfeld
Ruth Hussey
as Mme. Le Polignac
Victor Kilian
as Guard in Louis' Cell
Claude King
as Choisell
Horace McMahon
as Rabblerouser
Lionel Royce
as Guillaume
Kathryn Sheldon
as Mme. Tilson
Lawrence Grant
as Old Nobleman
Alonzo Price
as Guardsman
Harry Davenport
as M. de Cosse
Richard Alexander
as Man with Pike
Harry Stubbs
as Councilor
George Houston
as Marquis De St. Priest
Wade Crosby
as Danton
Moroni Olsen
as Bearded Man
Olaf Hytten
as Boehmer the Jeweler
Buddy Roosevelt
as Revolutionary Officer
Lane Chandler
as Revolutionary Officer
Brent Sargent
as St. Pre
Tom Rutherford
as St. Clair
Charles Waldron
as Swedish Ambassador
Zeffie Tilbury
as Dowager at Birth of Dauphin
Frank Elliott
as King's Chamberlain
Guy Bates Post
as Convention President
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as King's Confessor
Nigel De Brulier
as Archbishop
Howard Lang
as Franz
Mary Howard
as Olivia
Ramsey Hill
as Major Domo
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Denis D'Auburn
as Beuregaard
Frank Campeau
as Lemonade Vendor
Harts Lind
as Nurse
Kathrun Sheldon
as Mme. Tilson
Frank Jaquet
as Keeper of the Seal
Jacques Lory
as French Peasant
Bea Nigro
as Woman at the Opera
Harold Entwistle
as Old Aristocrat at Opera
Edward Keane
as General
Frank McGlynn Jr.
as Soldier with Rude Laugh
Esther Howard
as Streetwalker
Inez Palange
as Fish Wife
Frank Swales
as Chimney Sweep
Billy Engle
as Man with Goblet
Ramsay Hill
as Major Domo
Erville Alderson
as Passport Official
Duke R. Lee
as Coach Driver
Ben Hall
as Young Man with Lantern
George Kirby
as Priest
Corbet Morris
as La Rue
Alan Bridge
as Official in Passport Office
William Steele
as Footman
Helene Millard
as Lady-in-Waiting to DuBarry
Dorothy Christy
as Lady-in-Waiting to DuBarry
Frances Millen
as Lady-in-Waiting to DuBarry
Mimi Olivera
as Lady-in-Waiting to DuBarry
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Critic Reviews for Marie Antoinette

All Critics (3)

[Norma Shearer is] enough to make this dodgy, obese slab of prestige moviemaking turn into something sparkling and engaging.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Lavish in its textures, weird in its delivery, "Marie Antoinette" is a psychedelic swirl of girliness and history.

October 29, 2006
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Subtleties of history and psychology are glossed over in deference to the movie's teenybopper sensibilities.

October 20, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Marie Antoinette

This really should have been in color. The sets, wigs and costumes are almost impossibly lavish and are dazzling even in B&W. It's an enjoyable if questionably accurate historical account of Marie's rise and fall. Norma does well in the lead her occasional lapses into grandiosity are well suited to a queen and don't get in the way of her characterization like they often did in several of her other films and her smaller moments are well played.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Shearer stands out in this average historical movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

So I LOVE the Coppola film and had to see it for comparison. I think some of the historical parts were romanticized and especially since the '35 Hays Act. Anyway, GLORIOUS costumes, fantastic acting by Shearer and in many ways a more heart-wrenching tale than the modern one. Still, I really loved it. One of those films I really wish had been in color... it would have been spectacular...

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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