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Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

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)

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(screen play)
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Tad Alexander ...
The Czarevitch
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Prince Chegodieff
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Natasha
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Grand Duke Igor
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Doctor Remezov
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Suzanne Wood
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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!


Certificate:

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

MGM purchased stock footage of the Romanov family and Russian military parades from J. Stuart Blackton, who had this footage as part of a vast stock footage library. 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

The Czarina: This is another century, Igor. What you have done has put us back 20 years in the eyes of Europe.
Grand Duke Igor: My dear, Empress. Or, would you rather be called Kaiserina
The Czar: Igor!
Prince Chegodieff: The, eh, last Empress Germany gave us, Catherine, was usually called the Great.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: The Barrymores (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Russian National Anthem
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Chiefly of interest because it's the only film that Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore made together
8 November 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a reasonably decent movie, well acted (particularly by Lionel, who practically chews the scenery as Rasputin) and the sets and costumes are fairly nice. But the main selling point is that this is the only time the three Barrymores -Ethel, John and Lionel did a movie together. It's a good movie but could have been much better.


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