GenreDrama, History, Romance Music directorHerbert Stothart LanguageEnglish
Gustav Machaty (uncredited) WriterS. N. Behrman, Salka Viertel, Samuel Hoffenstein, Waclaw Gasiorowski, Helen Jerome, Talbot Jennings Release dateOctober 22, 1937 (1937-10-22) DirectorsClarence Brown, Gustav Machaty CastGreta Garbo (Countess Marie Walewska), Charles Boyer (Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte), Reginald Owen (Tallyrand), Alan Marshal (Capt. d'Ornano), Henry Stephenson (Count Anastas Walewski), Leif Erickson (Paul Lachinski) Similar moviesJ. Edgar, My Week with Marilyn, Malcolm X, Goya's Ghosts, The Life of Emile Zola, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Greta garbo and charles boyer kiss conquest 1937
Conquest (also called Marie Walewska) is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film which tells the story of the Polish Countess Marie Walewska, who becomes the mistress of Napoleon in order to influence his actions towards her homeland. It stars Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer, Reginald Owen, Alan Marshal, Henry Stephenson, Leif Erickson, Dame May Whitty, George Zucco, and Maria Ouspenskaya.
The movie was adapted by S. N. Behrman, Samuel Hoffenstein, Helen Jerome and Salka Viertel from the novel Pani Walewska by Waclaw Gasiorowski. It was directed by Clarence Brown and Gustav Machatý (uncredited).
It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charles Boyer) and Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons and William A. Horning).
Its worldwide gross amounted to $2,141,000. But its massive budget led to a loss of $1,397,000.
Conquest 1937 trailer
Napoleon Bonaparte (Charles Boyer) launches an unsuccessful seduction of the Countess Marie Walewska (Greta Garbo), who is married to a much older man (Henry Stephenson), but she resists until convinced that giving in will save Poland. After her husband annuls their marriage and Napoleon divorces the Empress Josephine, the pair are free to formalize their happy relationship, but Napoleon shocks her by announcing his decision to wed the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria for political reasons. While he doesn't expect it to impact his relationship with Marie, she leaves him, without ever telling him that she is expecting his child.
Greta Garbo as Countess Marie Walewska
Charles Boyer as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
Reginald Owen as Tallyrand
Alan Marshal as Captain d'Ornano
Henry Stephenson as Count Anastas Walewski
Leif Erickson as Paul Lachinski (as Leif Erikson)
Dame May Whitty as Maria Letizia Buonaparte
Maria Ouspenskaya as Countess Pelagia Walewska
C. Henry Gordon as Prince Poniatowski
Claude Gillingwater as Stephan (Marie's servant)
Vladimir Sokoloff as Dying soldier
George F. Houston as Grand Marshal George Duroc
Scotty Beckett as Alexandre Walewska
Oscar Apfel as Count Potocka
Betty Blythe as Princess Mirska
Stanley Andrews as Prince Mirska
Henry Kolker as Sen. Wybitcki
Mitchell Lewis as Beppo
Lois Meredith as Countess Potocka
Charles B. Middleton as Sergeant at Elba
Dennis O'Keefe as Jan Walewska
Robert Warwick as Capt. Laroux
Ian Wolfe as Prince Metternich
Boyer's fee was $125,000, with an equal amount to be paid for any French version, as well as an overtime provision. In the final event, Boyer ended up earning $450,000 for his performance; reshoots on the film saw the budget rise.