TV Series: Producers' Showcase
Air date: 24 February 1957 (Season 3, Episode 7)
Director: Anatole Litvak
Writer: Michael Dyne
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer, Diana Wynyrd, Basil Sydney, Raymond Massey, Judith Evelyn
Music by: Georges Bassman
Runtime: 90 min.
About: Mayerling is the name of a notorious Austrian village linked to a romantic tragedy. At a royal hunting lodge there, in 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf--desperate over his father's command to put away his teenage mistress, the Baroness Marie Vetsera--shot her to death and killed himself. The misfortune may indeed have been a murder-suicide, but perhaps it was a political assassination, or even the result of a lunatic family vendetta: scholarship is still catching up with the facts.
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