Camille (1936 film)

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Theatrical Poster
Directed by George Cukor
Produced by Irving Thalberg
Bernard H. Hyman
Written by James Hilton
Zoë Akins
Frances Marion
Alexandre Dumas, fils
Starring Greta Garbo
Robert Taylor
Lionel Barrymore
Music by Herbert Stothart
Edward Ward
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Karl Freund
Edited by Margaret Booth
Release dates
December 12, 1936 (1936-12-12)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,486,000[1][2]
Box office $2,842,000[2]

Camille (1936) is an American romantic drama film directed by George Cukor and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman, from a screenplay by James Hilton, Zoë Akins and Frances Marion.[3] The picture is based on the 1848 novel and 1852 play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The film stars Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Henry Daniell, and Laura Hope Crews. It grossed $2,842,000.[1]

The film inspired Milton Benjamin to write and publish a song called "I'll Love Like Robert Taylor, Be My Greta Garbo". Camille was included in Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Movies in 2005.[4] It was also included at #33 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions.


The film tells of Marguerite Gautier (Greta Garbo). She's born into a lower-class family, but in time becomes the well known Dame Camille living in high society in Paris.

Camille's finances are covered by the wealthy Baron de Varville (Henry Daniell), but after many years of making money from her looks Camille falls in love with Armand (Robert Taylor), a handsome young man.

Armand is attracted to Camille and she's prepared to give up the Baron and be with Armand.

However, Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore) begs Camille to turn away from his son, knowing her past will ruin his future in Paris.

Realizing the painful wisdom of his advice, Camille rejects Armand, who continues to pursue her even as Camille contracts a serious case of tuberculosis. The film ends with Camille's tragic death in the arms of her suitor Armand, who has been much changed over the course of the film.





  • Academy Awards: Oscar; Best Actress in a Leading Role, Greta Garbo; 1938.

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,154,000 in the US and Canada and $1,688,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $388,000.[2]

Use in Annie[edit]

Portions of the film, including the final scene, are featured in the 1982 musical film Annie after the number "Let's Go to the Movies." The final scene is also alluded to in the lyrics of the song: "Greta Garbo is probably crying/While Robert Taylor is locked in her dying embrace."


  1. ^ a b "Box office / business for Camille (1969)". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  3. ^ Camille at the Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ Time magazine.

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