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Release Date:
9 February 1934 (USA) See more »
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Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Grand Duke Peter
Elisabeth Bergner ... Catherine
Flora Robson ... Empress Elisabeth
Gerald du Maurier ... Lecocq
Irene Vanbrugh ... Princess Anhalt-Zerbst
Joan Gardner ... Katushienka
Dorothy Hale ... Countess Olga
Diana Napier ... Countess Vorontzova
Griffith Jones ... Grigory Orlov
Gibb McLaughlin ... Bestujhev (as Gibb MacLaughlin)
Clifford Heatherley ... Ogarev
Laurence Hanray ... Goudovitch
Allan Jeayes ... Col. Karnilov
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heron Carvic ... Minor role (uncredited)
William Heughan ... Minor role (uncredited)
Arnold Lucy ... Minor role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Czinner 
Alexander Korda (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lajos Biró  play "The Czarina"
Marjorie Deans 
Melchior Lengyel  play "The Czarina"
Arthur Wimperis 

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
Ludovico Toeplitz .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ernst Toch (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Harrison 
Harold Young 
 
Art Direction by
A. Hallam 
Vincent Korda 
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong 
B.J. Simmons 
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Krasker .... camera operator
Robert LaPresle .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
 
Other crew
Lajos Biró .... continuity
Melchior Lengyel .... continuity
Arthur Wimperis .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
95 min | Germany:100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:(Banned) (after premiere) | West Germany:16

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In 1937, this film was re-released on a double bill with Wives Never Know (1936) in Canada.See more »
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Factual errors: When Peter marries Catherine in a Russian Orthodox service, they respond to the the lines "Do you take this man/woman to be your lawful wedded husband/wife... until death do you part?" These lines are not part of a traditional Orthodox service. The bride and groom usually do not say anything during the service.See more »
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Version of The Scarlet Empress (1934)See more »

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Sumptuous Korda production, 14 August 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Alexander Korda produced this lavish film, "The Rise of Catherine the Great," starring Elizabeth Bergner, Flora Robson, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. It's the story, not wholly accurate but still interesting, of, as the title suggests, Catherine the Great's (Bergner)ascension to the throne as it was wrested from her crazy husband Peter (Fairbanks). Though in the film this all seems to happen somewhat quickly, Catherine and Peter were married for 17 years and had children before the Empress Elizabeth dies and Peter becomes tsar.

In the film, Peter cheats on Catherine on their wedding night, and she pretends to take many lovers. This makes him jealous, and the two reconcile. However, after the Empress Elizabeth dies, the decisions that he makes as tsar on behalf of Mother Russia are outrageous, and Catherine is encouraged to go along with a coup.

Wide-eyed, girlish Bergner is Catherine. Bergner was a noted stage actress in Europe who unfortunately never caught on in Hollywood; nevertheless, she worked in Europe until she was 87 years old. Supposedly an incident in her life was the inspiration for "All About Eve." Tiny, she nevertheless had authority as an actress, with line readings that were at times reminiscent of Garbo. She is a good Catherine. The showier roles were those of the Empress Elizabeth and Grand Duke Peter. Flora Robson is a wonderful Empress Elizabeth, and Fairbanks, always an underrated actor, is brilliant as the volatile, mad Duke.

Worth seeing for the performances.

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