The film tells of Marguerite Gauthier (Greta Garbo). She's born into a lower class family, but in time becomes the well known Dame Camille living in high society in Paris. Camille's finances are covered by the wealthy Baron de Varville (Henry Daniell), but after many years of making money from her looks Camille falls in love with Armand (Robert Taylor), a handsome young man. Armand is attracted to Camille and she's prepared to give up the Baron and be with Armand. However, Armand's father (Lionel Barrymore) begs Camille to turn away from his son, knowing her past will ruin his future in Paris. Realizing the painful wisdom of his advice, Camille rejects Armand, who continues to pursue her even as Camille contracts a serious case of tuberculosis. The film ends with Camille's tragic death in the arms of her suitor Armand, who has been much changed over the course of the film.
Camille was included in Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Movies in 2005. It was also included at #33 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions. Portions of the film, including the final scene, are featured in the 1982 musical film Annie after the number "Let's Go To The Movies."
- Greta Garbo as Marguerite Gautier
- Robert Taylor as Armand Duval
- Lionel Barrymore as Monsieur Duval
- Elizabeth Allan as Nichette, the Bride
- Jessie Ralph as Nanine, Marguerite's Maid
- Henry Daniell as Baron de Varville
- Lenore Ulric as Olympe
- Laura Hope Crews as Prudence Duvernoy
- Rex O'Malley as Gaston
- Mariska Aldrich as Friend of Camille
- Wilson Benge as Attendant