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
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
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 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 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 well known, living in high society in Paris.

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

Armand loves Marguerite and she's prepared to give up the Baron and be with Armand.

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

Realizing the painful wisdom of his advice, Marguerite rejects Armand, who continues to pursue her even as she contracts a serious case of tuberculosis. The film ends with Marguerite'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; 1937.



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]


Camille has been well received by critics since its release and the role of Marguerite is generally regarded as Greta Garbo's finest screen performance. Camille is often named as a highlight among 1936 films. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 91% approval among 11 critics.[5]

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." Margaret Booth (1898–2002) was the editor for Camille and also the supervising editor for Annie 45 years later.


  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.
  5. ^ "Camille (1936) on RT". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 

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