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.
Did You Know?
Anatole Litvak had previously directed the French film version of Mayerling (1936), starring Danielle Darrieux as Mary and Charles Boyer as Rudolf. See more
The Vienna giant Ferris wheel is depicted; however, it was not erected until 1897, in celebration of Emperor Franz Joseph's Golden Jubilee, eight years after Crown Prince Rudolph's death. See more
A re-edited version of this episode was released theatrically in Europe and thus is often listed among Audrey Hepburn's films. See more