IMDb > Anna Karenina (1935)
Anna Karenina
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Anna Karenina (1935) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
7.1/10   3,426 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 32% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Leo Tolstoy (from the novel by)
Clemence Dane (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Anna Karenina on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 December 1935 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Sexist Old Mother Russia See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Anna Karenina

Fredric March ... Vronsky
Freddie Bartholomew ... Sergei

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Kitty

May Robson ... Countess Vronsky

Basil Rathbone ... Karenin

Reginald Owen ... Stiva
Phoebe Foster ... Dolly

Reginald Denny ... Yashvin
Gyles Isham ... Levin

Joan Marsh ... Lili

Ethel Griffies ... Mme. Kartasoff
Harry Beresford ... Matve
Sarah Padden ... Governess
Cora Sue Collins ... Tania
Mary Forbes ... Princess Sorokina
Joseph R. Tozer ... Butler (as Joe E. Tozer)
Guy D'Ennery ... Tutor
Buster Phelps ... Grisha
Sidney Bracey ... Vronsky's Valet (as Sidney Bracy)
Harry Allen ... Cord
Ella Ethridge ... Anna's Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Husband - Third Couple (uncredited)

Mischa Auer ... Mahotin (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Woman (uncredited)
Eugene Burr ... Party Guest (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Attaché (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Station Master (uncredited)
Claudia Coleman ... Wife - Third Couple (uncredited)

Constance Collier ... Countess Lidia (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Sick Woman (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Butler (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Wife - Second Couple (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Husband - Second Couple (uncredited)
Helen Freeman ... Barbara (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Colonel (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Mr. Kartasoff (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Butler (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ... Wife - First Couple (uncredited)
Andrea Leeds ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Husband - First Couple (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Doorman (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Kitty's Suitor (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Best Man (uncredited)
William Orlamond ... Train Inspector (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Edward Reinach ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Attaché (uncredited)
Pepi Sinoff ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Major-domo (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Officer at Banquet (uncredited)
Dickie Walters ... Child (uncredited)
Robert Warwick ... Colonel (uncredited)
Helen Wood ... Princess Lvov (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Leo Tolstoy (from the novel by) (as Count Leo Tolstoy)

Clemence Dane (screen play) and
Salka Viertel (screen play)

S.N. Behrman (dialogue adaptation)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Grimes .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chester Hale .... mazurka stager
Andrei Tolstoy .... consultant (as Count Andrey Tolstoy)
Margarete Wallmann .... ballet stager
Howard Dietz .... press agent (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim .... technical advisor: military sequence (uncredited)
William H. Wright .... production assistant: David O. Selznick (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
95 min | West Germany:89 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1990) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1015) | West Germany:12 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Aware that her co-star Fredric March was notorious for seducing his leading ladies, Greta Garbo reportedly wore garlic under her clothes and purposely had bad breath in order to stave off his advances.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the steeple chase, when Count Vronsky and his mount fail to make the jump, a segment from another race is edited into the film depicting the fall. In the film, Vronsky is wearing his white uniform jacket and dark pants and cap before and after the spill. The clip inserted depicts a jockey wearing white pants and dark silks.See more »
Quotes:
Karenin:For some time, I have known that in uniting my life to yours, I have made a mistake. But this I must bear for the sake of my public duty... and for the sake of my child. I believe in marriage as a sacrament. I could not consider myself justified in breaking the ties by which we are bound by a higher power. The family cannot be broken up by a... whim or a caprice or even by the... by the sin of one of the partners in the marriage. Our life must go on as it has done in the past.
Anna Karenina:But it can't go on.
[...]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The River of Love (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)See more »

FAQ

Is 'Anna Karenina' based on a book?
How does the movie end?
How far apart are St Petersburg and Moscow?
See more »
14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Sexist Old Mother Russia, 18 July 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm willing to bet that Anna Karenina was something that Greta Garbo agreed to remake because she thought she might have her same leading man again. She had done Tolstoy's troubled countess in an acclaimed silent version with John Gilbert. When Gilbert's career wouldn't rebound after Queen Christina the year before, Garbo took on Fredric March as a second choice.

It's not a bad choice, March makes a very good love 'em and leave 'em Count Vronsky. The book is nicely edited down to an acceptable movie length although it surely is better suited for a mini-series. But true to the Production Code and March's own image, he doesn't leave Anna for another woman and MGM tacks on a cop out scene at the very end where he expresses his profound regrets over the whole business.

Greta Garbo is trapped in a marriage to a career minded Basil Rathbone and is bored with the lack of romance. Along comes the dashing Count Fredric March and she leaves husband and child Freddie Bartholomew.

The whole point here is the difference in what happens. Tolstoy recognized full well the sexist frame his society operated under, but he thought it was a good thing. Women ought to know their place was his idea.

When Garbo runs off to Italy with March and then is seen publicly with him in St. Petersburg, she is shunned from polite society. March can be shed of her and his return back to his regiment is welcomed, Garbo has nowhere to go and her fate is inevitable.

Garbo captures the air of tragedy surrounding poor Anna so well, you're in tears practically the whole film. You KNOW what her fate must be yet you still watch her entranced. No wonder Anna Karenina is such an acclaimed role for her, both silent and sound versions.

Basil Rathbone is a proud member of the sexist society of Old Russia, yet his performance is also good in that you both feel his pain and hate him for not having an ounce of forgiveness for her.

Of the supporting cast, my favorite is Reginald Owen who is Garbo's brother. He's cheating on his wife with anyone in sight and then in the end HE lectures Garbo on what her duties are.

No wonder there were so many Bolshevik women.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (33 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Anna Karenina (1935)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Basil Rathbone was wonderful in this film TheLittleSongbird
Lighting the candles Blobsie
I would love to rate this higher iamweaver
Greta Garbo absolutely beautiful richard-2266
interior scenes - driving me nuts ptquilts
help with music please! thank you! demonwarhead
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Mildred Pierce Damage
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.