The love affair, between Alexander II and Princess Katia



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Dolgorousky
Le tsar Alexandre II
Le comte Schowaloff (as Aimé Clariond Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Marie-Hélène Dasté ...
La tsarine Maria Alexandrovna
Marcel Carpentier ...
Le général Potapoff
Raymond Aimos ...
Anatole - l'ouvrier parisien (as Aimos)
Georges Prieur ...
Le chambellan
Thérèse Dorny ...
La baronne
Marcelle Praince ...
La grande-duchesse
Jacques Erwin ...
André Carnège ...
Le grand-duc (as Carnège)
Pierre Labry ...
Le sergent de police (as Labry)
Georges Flateau ...
Génia Vaury ...


The love affair, between Alexander II and Princess Katia

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The Romance of an Uncrowned Queen




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Release Date:

22 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Katja, die ungekrönte Kaiserin  »

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Had it's "gala" world premiere at the Admiral theatre in Hollywood on 16 May 1938. The theater is now called The Vine Theatre, located at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard and originally opened on 31 July 1931. It was designed by S. Charles Lee. The second feature that played with this one was "Our Fighting Navy", originally called "Torpedoed". See more »


Version of Adorable Sinner (1959) See more »


(Il peut neiger...)
Words by Roger Fernay
Music by Wal Berg
Sung by Danielle Darrieux
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From Katia to Sissi.
7 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Maurice Tourneur was Jacques (Jack) Tourneur's father.

"Katia" pioneered,so to speak a genre that was to flourish in the second half of the fifties:the mushy maudlin "historical" movie ,the likes of "Sissi" .Danielle Darrieux's Katia with her irresistible smile and her pouty mouth is akin to Romy Schneider's Sissi.The "political" side shows Katia urging tzar Alexandre II to give power (that is to say a Constitution) to the people.Alas he will be slain before ...This is a pleasant movie,with nice settings and Darrieux's spontaneity -her partner is much less talented-

In 1960,there was a remake featuring Curd Jurgens (a much better tzar) and...Romy Schneider who had ditched Empress Sissi .The leftish critics were harsh at the time,calling the remake a politically committed movie,which seems laughable today:the main difference between the two movies is the more prominent part played by the Marxist(?) students in the 1960 work.

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