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Song of Russia (1944)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  February 1944 (USA)
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In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »

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Susan Peters ...
John Hodiak ...
Boris Bulganov
Robert Benchley ...
Hank Higgins
Felix Bressart ...
Petrov
Michael Chekhov ...
Ivan Stepanov
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Peter Bulganov
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Anna Bulganov
Patricia Prest ...
Stasha Bulganov
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Sonia
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Alexander Meschkov
Leo Mostovoy ...
Yanovich
Leo Bulgakov ...
Professor Faber
Zoia Karabanova ...
Natasha Bulganov
Konstantin Shayne ...
Wounded Soldier (as Konstantine Shayne)
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Storyline

In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchailkovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village. Written by Larry B.

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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Also Known As:

Balada Oriental  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Keenan Wynn and Harry Hayden were announced as cast members, but they did not appear in the film. Elliott Sullivan tested for the role of "General Philip Golikov" but he was not in the film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23
(1875)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by Susan Peters on piano, with an orchestra at a rehersal
Reprised at a concert on tour in Russia, with Albert Coates on piano
Reprised by Peters in a New York concert
Excerpts played often in the score, adapted by Herbert Stothart
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Classical music has played an enormous part in my life ever since seeing "Song of Russia"!
7 September 2004 | by (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Like a previous writer, I too saw this movie as a child during World War 11.

I really cannot comment on its artistic value so many years later, however, as a young person ( with my Father overseas)during that point in history, it was something to see to bring closer the effects and personality of war. The one poignant thing about the movie that I still remember clearly was the playing of Tchaikovsky's very famous Piano Concerto #1 in B-Flat. It was my first real introduction to classical music. If nothing else, I am thankful for the film bringing this to me, for it and classical music have played an enormous part in my life ever since! It led me to study music and have been professionally involved in music all my working life. My thanks go to "Song Of Russia" and Tchaikovsky -Doug-


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