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Madame Sans-Gêne (1925)

A French washerwoman becomes a duchess and a friend of Napoleon.


Léonce Perret


Forrest Halsey (scenario), Émile Moreau (play) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Gloria Swanson ... Catherine Hubscher
Émile Drain Émile Drain ... Napoléon
Charles de Rochefort ... Le Febvre (as Charles De Roche)
Madeleine Guitty ... La Rousotte
Warwick Ward ... Neipperg
Guy Favières Guy Favières ... Fouché
Renée Héribel ... Elisa
Suzanne Bianchetti ... L'Impératrice Marie-Louise
Denise Lorys Denise Lorys ... Madame de Bulow
Arlette Marchal ... Marie-Caroline, la Reine de Naples
André Marnay André Marnay ... Savary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberti Alberti ... Kellermann
Alfred Argus Alfred Argus ... Mortier
Carlos Avril Carlos Avril ... Tatoueur
De Barthe De Barthe ... de Marsy


A proprietress of a laundry in Paris, Catherine Hubscher is known as Madame Sans-Gêne. Among the clients of this carefree woman are Napoléon, a young artillery lieutenant, and Lefebvre, a handsome soldier. After the French Revolution, Napoléon becomes emperor and Lefebvre is appointed a field marshal with the title of Duke of Danzig. Catherine becomes the Duchess of Danzig and alienates Napoléon's sisters by her rough manners at court. Napoléon orders Lefebvre to divorce her but relents when she reminds him of his unpaid laundry bills and of her faithful service to the army during the Revolution. Written by Pamela Short

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Release Date:

17 April 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Sans-Gêne See more »


Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gloria Swanson said years later that this was her favorite of all her films. See more »

Alternate Versions

According to Léonce Perret's interview for Cinémagazine in November 2, 1925, the scenes between Neipperg (Warwick Ward) and 'Gloria Swanson' (q), and between him and Empress Marie Louise (Suzanne Bianchetti) were considered unimportant and excised in the American version, to the dismay of the star. See more »


Version of Madame (1961) See more »

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