A Russian aristocrat and his servant girl escape to Turkey during the revolution.



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Vera Zimina

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February, 1917. Returning to the German front after a sybaritic leave in Moscow, Russian officer Nikita Krasnoff and his brigade are met by the first troop revolts. In the growing anarchy of the Revolution, Nikita finds himself isolated, and must make his risky way to Turkey in the unexpected company of his adoring (but virtuous) former servant Tanyusha. In Istanbul, Nikita and Tanyusha reach an understanding... but their happiness is threatened by the reappearance of Nikita's former mistress Vera, offering a false semblance of the old life. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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12 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Revolt  »

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1.37 : 1
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Though labeled as "Forbidden Hollywood", the evidence is missing. Perhaps it is in the 19 minutes not in this version. According to Maltin's "Classic Movies" p.485, the original length was 76 minutes, not 57. See more »


Symphony No.4 in F Minor, Op.36: First movement (Andante sostenuto)
(1876) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
played in the score when the deportation proclamation is shown
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Comes The Counterevolution
26 March 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Scarlet Dawn casts Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. as a Russian baron rudely displaced by the forces of the Russian Revolution and now has to fend for himself in a world not terribly hospitable to former aristocrats. He's also not terribly suited for any kind of real work.

Doug might have been caught by the Reds but for the fact that his former servant Nancy Carroll didn't give him away. Nancy's got a big old crush on Doug and they do marry once arriving in exile in Istanbul which throughout the film is referred to by its former Christian name of Constantinople. They marry and settle down with Doug now reduced to washing dishes.

But Fairbanks's former mistress Lilyan Tashman who's always playing bad girls of a sort on film spots him and offers to have him get back into somewhat the style he was once accustomed to as part of a swindle against father and daughter American tourists Guy Kibbee and Sheila Terry.

Good thing this film has the incredibly short running time of only 57 minutes, usually those were given to B westerns because it's both tedious and melodramatic. The ending is rather unbelievable. Doug knew he was in a Thanksgiving special and really overacts to cover up the defects of a unbelievable story.

What I didn't understand was that Fairbanks was trained in the military profession, why didn't he just become a mercenary soldier after leaving the new Soviet Union? That didn't make sense to me at all.

I'd only see this if I was a dedicated fan of any the main players.

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