A Royal Divorce (1938 film)

A Royal Divorce is a 1938 British historical drama film directed by Jack Raymond and starring Ruth Chatterton, Pierre Blanchar and Frank Cellier.[1] The film portrays the complex relationship between Napoleon I of France and his wife, Josephine Bonaparte from their first meeting until their divorce more than a decade later.[2]

A Royal Divorce
Directed byJack Raymond
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byMiles Malleson
Jacques Théry
StarringRuth Chatterton
Pierre Blanchar
Music byAnthony Collins
CinematographyFreddie Young
Edited byPeggy Hennessey
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Imperator)
Distributed byParamount British Pictures
Release date
  • 21 September 1938 (1938-09-21) (United Kingdom)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide called the film a "mediocre adaptation",[3] while Allmovie wrote, "in terms of costumes and settings, A Royal Divorce is authentic to a fault; in terms of adherence to the facts, it's a bit shaky, though undeniably dramatic.[4]

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