This sub strata of the Russian Ex-pat community made movies wherever the
opportunity presented. This time they struck out.
As with ANNA KARENINA and QUEEN OF SPADES, the sight of so British actors
trying to convince us that they are mad Slavs is off putting. The on-screen
world is too good a match for the society dramas and silly ass comedies the
English studios rolled out at the time. The leads did better in other films
but here the script and studio-bound production give them little to work
with and it's hard to develop much sympathy with their
The brief cavalry montage and a court room finale, where Francis L. Sullivan
of course dominates, manage to catch attention briefly.
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