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The Rise of Catherine the Great -- A quick-witted and compelling dramatization of the troubled marriage of Catherine II to Peter III and her subsequent ascension to the throne as Empress of Russia.

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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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Uneven, but generally pretty good See more (11 total) »

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
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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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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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Great Catherine (1968)See more »

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Uneven, but generally pretty good, 24 May 2009
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

From the new Eclipse box set Alexander Korda's Private Lives. I debated on whether or not to buy this one. I love The Private Life of Henry VIII, starring Charles Laughton, but haven't seen the others. They don't have very good reputations. And I usually say that I like neither biopics nor costume genres. Yet, strangely enough, I do like loopy historical biopics where the filmmakers have no real sense of history. They can be a lot of fun. The Rise of Catherine the Great is a pretty uneven film. It has its overly stuffy moments, and the acting is all over the place. The sets and visuals are nice, though not quite as opulent as in the other Catherine the Great movie made the same year in Hollywood, The Scarlet Empress. Neither of these movies are great, unfortunately. Neither are very well directed. The Rise of Catherine the Great works somewhat because of a couple of performances in it, as well as a small handful of excellent scenes. Elisabeth Bergner plays the titular character. Unfortunately, she's one of the most uneven parts of the film. As the ingénue Catherine, she's quite annoying. Her strong German-accented English makes her sound mentally retarded at times. But she is rather good later in the film when she is learning the ropes of royalty, or when she's trying to quell her husband's anger. The husband, Grand Duke Peter, is played by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He might be the best thing about the film. Can't say I'm overly familiar with his career, but his performance is extremely good here. Flora Robson is also quite good as the empress Elisabeth.

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