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The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

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Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne.

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Grand Duke Peter (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
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Flora Robson ...
Gerald du Maurier ...
Lecocq
Irene Vanbrugh ...
Princess Anhalt-Zerbst
Joan Gardner ...
Katushienka
Dorothy Hale ...
Countess Olga
Diana Napier ...
Countess Vorontzova
Griffith Jones ...
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Bestujhev (as Gibb MacLaughlin)
Clifford Heatherley ...
Ogarev
Laurence Hanray ...
Goudovitch
Allan Jeayes ...
Col. Karnilov
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In 1745 a German princess, renamed Catherine, arrives to marry Grand Duke Peter of Russia, whom she initially likes. But his suspicious, unstable nature gradually estranges them, and Peter finds solace with pretty courtiers. Catherine invents her own (fictitious) lovers, temporarily improving matters. Alas, accession to the throne brings out the worst in Peter, and loyal Catherine is urged to assume power. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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9 February 1934 (USA)  »

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Catherine the Great  »

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In 1937, this film was re-released on a double bill with Wives Never Know (1936) in Canada. See more »

Goofs

When the Grand Duke Peter is talking with guard at the bottom of the stairs about Ivan Ivanovich. The guards crossed belts on his chest are repositioned when the scene cuts to a close up of the guard. See more »

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Version of Great Catherine (1968) See more »

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Awesome movie...any questions?
14 August 1999 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

While most people are more familiar with the Marlene Dietrich version of this movie, released the same year as The Scarlet Empress, those interested in romance will prefer this one because it shows a Czar Peter III exactly the opposite of the one that really lived. Douglas portrays someone tall, thin, intelligent, and unethically gorgeous. The other cast members seem more experienced than him, however, at the sort of historical drama roles this film called for. But one also must remember that the British cinema was still developing at this time. The early 30's were the years in which it began to become as great as American cinema (the same goes for films from countries other than England). So, give this film a chance. I personally found it fantastic. It's a bit rare, but worth every second of searching. And as a Korda classic, well, I'll leave the rest up to you. It's not historically accurate , but it's almost like another story in itself. The main flaw is the print is a bit dark. But overlook this and you have one of the greatest films of all time.


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