Crown Matrimonial (1974)

Unable to marry the divorced Wallis Simpson, King Edward VIII has to choose between the crown and love.


Alan Bridges


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Credited cast:
Bernard Archard ... Geoffrey Dawson
Barbara Atkinson Barbara Atkinson ... The Hon. Margaret Wyndham
Maxine Audley ... Countess of Airlie
Peter Barkworth ... King Edward VIII
Christopher Beeny ... John, the Page
Anna Cropper ... Princess Mary
Greer Garson ... Queen Mary
Wendy Hiller ... Queen Mary
Heather Kyd Heather Kyd
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Duke of York
Amanda Reiss Amanda Reiss ... Duchess of York
Robert Sansom Robert Sansom ... Garter King of Arms
Jane Wendem Jane Wendem
Brian Wilde ... Sir John Reith


Unable to marry the divorced Wallis Simpson, King Edward VIII has to choose between the crown and love.

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Release Date:

3 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Crown Matrimonial (#23.4) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Garson gives memorable strong performance as Queen Mary
25 September 2015 | by mombamSee all my reviews

I was quite taken with the performance by Greer Garson and ensemble in this Hallmark Hall of Fame historical drama about the behind-the- scenes goings-on during the weeks in 1936 when Edward VIII proclaimed his love for Wallis Simpson. It takes place during the weeks following the death of his father, King George V. Garson was 70 years old portraying Queen Mary at almost precisely the same age. She is in every scene. It's a great performance - NOT available (yet) on DVD - but if you can see it (at the Paley Center in either NYC or LA) - you will not be disappointed. The supporting cast of Peter Barkworth as the 'reluctant' King Edward VIII, Andrew Ray as 'Bertie' the Duke of York and Amanda Reiss as the Duchess of York (we later know her as the Queen Mum) are terrific! But it is Greer Garson who carries the entire play. Beyond her Academy Award-nominated performances at the height of her career ('39-'45), this is the finest performance of the second part of her acting career.

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