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The Mad Empress
Directed byMiguel Contreras Torres
Produced byMiguel C. Torres
Written byMiguel C. Torres, Jean Bart, Jerome Chodorov
StarringConrad Nagel, Jason Robards, Sr.
CinematographyAlex Phillips
Arthur Martinelli
Edited byCarl Pierson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 1939 (1939)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Mad Empress is a 1939 American historical drama film depicting the 3-year reign of Maximilian I of Mexico (Nagel) and his struggles against Benito Juarez (Robards). Empress Carlotta (Novora) is the "mad" empress who has a breakdown when she realizes her husband is condemned to death.[1]



  1. ^ "The Mad Empress". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved September 9, 2015.