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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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the other Scarlet Empress movie of 1934 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
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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
the other Scarlet Empress movie of 1934, 9 November 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Yet more intrigue from the court of imperial Russia, which (at least according to movie history) must have functioned entirely on plots, counter-plots, rumors, gossip and scandal. Produced in England by the celebrated Alexander Korda, this handsome spectacle stars Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (less dynamic but a better actor than his father) as the petulant heir to the royal throne who marries the petite German princess Catherine more or less against his will. Favored by the Queen Mother and beloved by her subjects, the sensible and modest Catherine has only one flaw in her character: an unquenchable love for her power-mad, playboy husband. Their bittersweet love/hate rivalry must have seemed quite sophisticated to a 1934 audience, and seen today the film still possesses a freshness rarely seen in early sound productions, thanks in large part to a quality script and some lively, natural performances.

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