Mayerling (1936 film)

Mayerling (1936 film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Produced by Nero-Film
Written by Claude Anet (book)
Joseph Kessel
Irma von Cube
Starring Charles Boyer
Jean Dax
Jean Debucourt
Marthe Regnier
Danielle Darrieux
Suzy Prim
Music by Arthur Honegger
Cinematography Armand Thirard
Editing by Henri Rust
Distributed by Pax Films
Release date(s) 29 February 1936
Running time 95 minutes
Country France
Language French

Mayerling is a 1936 French historical drama film directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by Seymour Nebenzal from a screenplay by Marcel Achard, Joseph Kessel and Irma von Cube, based on the novel Idol's End by Claude Anet. The film stars Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux with Jean-Louis Barrault, René Bergeron, Jean Davy, Jean Dax, Jean Debucourt and Gabrielle Dorziat. It is based on the real life story of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, his affair with the 17-year old Baroness Maria Vetsera and their tragic end at Mayerling.

The film was remade in English and in color by MGM in 1968. The remake starred Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason and Ava Gardner.



  • Charles Boyer as Archduke Rudolph of Austria
  • Jean Dax as Emperor Franz Joseph
  • Jean Debucourt as Count Taafe
  • Marthe Regnier as Baroness Vetsera (Helene)
  • Danielle Darrieux as Marie Vetsera
  • Suzy Prim as Countess Larisch
  • Vladimir Sokoloff as Chief of Police
  • Andre Dubosc as Loschek the Valet
  • René Bergeron as Szeps
  • Gabrielle Dorziat as Empress Elisabeth
  • Raymond Aimos
  • Gina Manès as Marinka
  • Yolande Laffron as Stephanie


Unfortunately, the 1936 film is in dire need of restoration. The video quality is passable, but in 1997, the film was issued on VHS with the soundtrack in appallingly bad condition, rendering the sound close to unlistenable, although it was later shown this way on Turner Classic Movies. Whether or not it is possible to repair this is still unknown.

A restored DVD was issued in the U.S. by The Criterion Collection (Essential Art House) on September 15, 2009.[1]

See also

  • The Mayerling Incident


External links

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