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Summer Storm (1944)

 -  Drama  -  14 July 1944 (USA)
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In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences.

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Cast

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Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff
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Count 'Piggy' Volsky
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Nadena Kalenin
Hugo Haas ...
Laurie Lane ...
Clara Heller (as Lori Lahner)
Sig Ruman ...
Kuzma, Volsky's woodcutter
John Philliber ...
Polycarp - Petroff's butler
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Lunin - public prosecutor
Mary Servoss ...
Mrs. Kalenin
André Charlot ...
Mr. Kalenin, publisher
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In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences. Written by Remy <rholzer@ammi.org>

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The most beautiful woman God ever forgot to a soul into!! See more »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The writing credit to "Michael O'Hara" is a pseudonym for director Douglas Sirk. He picked the name because when he started this movie he had just finished reading 'Appointment in Samarra' by John O'Hara. See more »

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Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff: You're so beautiful; why is it that you degrade everything you touch?
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Referenced in Biography: Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel (1999) See more »

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Flawed but still entertaining.
14 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a stagy Hollywoodish interpretation of a story by Anton Chekhov. While the story itself is good, the problem is that Hollywood converts the story into melodramatic pulp. George Sanders was a great actor but here he is entirely miscast. Playing starstruck was not Mr. Sander's forte. Linda Darnell was beautiful and was also a great actress but casting her as a Russian Russian peasant woman, and a self-centered, illiterate one at that, was a bit of a stretch. Her manipulations were laughable. The idea of her character actually getting over George Sander's character tested the limits of plausibility. Some of the supporting cast were more believable, something however that cannot be said for Edward Everett Horton. One was hard pressed to ignore Mr. Horton's jocular Americanese inflection suggesting a character who might have been more at home at a baseball game anywhere in the United States. All this notwithstanding, it's still a good movie and worth watching because despite the aforementioned flaws, Mr. Sanders is dashing, Ms. Darnell is ravishing, Mr. Horton is amusing, the rest of the cast is wonderful and the movie overall is entertaining, which is the ultimate bottom line.


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