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Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Passed | | Drama, History | 24 March 1933 (USA)
A prince plots to kill the mad monk Rasputin for the good of the czar, the czarina and Russia.

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(as Richard Boleslavsky), (uncredited)

Writer:

(screen play)
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Tad Alexander ...
The Czarevitch
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Prince Chegodieff
Diana Wynyard ...
Natasha
C. Henry Gordon ...
Grand Duke Igor
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Doctor Remezov
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Adrienne Marden ...
(as Mabel Marden)
Clarence Wilson ...
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Storyline

As Europe looms on the edge of war in 1913, the family and members of the court of the Russian czar Nicholas come under the sway of a mysterious mystic named Rasputin. When Rasputin miraculously appears to cure the czar's son Alyosha of his hemophilia, the monk's reputation is cemented, particularly in the mind of the princess Natasha. Natasha's fiancé (and, later, husband) Prince Paul Chegodieff, however, suspects Rasputin is a charlatan who will cause the downfall of the royal family and perhaps of Russia itself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Beautiful girls who came to pray! Caught in the web of debauched Rasputin, whose crafty mind toppled a throne!

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Drama | History

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon Rußlands - Rasputin  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Annoyed that his brother John Barrymore was trying to show him up by placing his hand on him while he was finishing a scene (an ancient actor's technique for drawing attention to oneself), Lionel Barrymore excused himself from the set and went to the back lot to find a telephone. He then phoned the set and told director Richard Boleslawski that "he'd better advise Mr. John Barrymore to not place his hand on me at the close of this scene, lest I lay one on him!" By the time Lionel returned to the set, John has been advised to keep his hands to himself. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie it is told that Sergei Alexandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia, is killed. However this happened in 1905, 8 years before the scene's setting. See more »

Quotes

Rasputin: Whose in charge of the boy, you or me?
German-Language Teacher: I am in charge of his highness' German lessons.
Rasputin: Clear out!
German-Language Teacher: I shall report this to her Majesty.
Rasputin: Get out, you kraut-head! You dried up sausage!
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Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Vintage Steele (1983) See more »

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Russian National Anthem
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Good film but...
25 September 1999 | by (So*Cal) – See all my reviews

The only film with all three Barrymores together and it's a good film, however, the direction is very poorly done, especially the ending scene.

Other than that, Lionel Barrymore portrays an excellent Rasputin and Ethel Barrymore is wonderful as the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. John Barrymore is great as Prince Paul, the assassin of Rasputin (in real life, it was Prince Yussupov who assassinated Rasputin).

This is a good film, but if you want a better interpretation of Rasputin's "reign," rent the 1996 HBO version with Alan Rickman or the 1971 movie, "Nicholas and Alexandra."


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