Douglas Sirk had originally wanted to film Anton Chekhov's 'The Shooting Party' at the German UFA studio before he fled Germany in 1937. He had wanted actor Willy Birgel to play Fedor, and when he made the U.S. version he picked George Sanders because he considered Sanders a similar "type" to Birgel. See more »
This movie pretends to be an adaptation of The Shooting Pary by Tchehov. However it begins and ends after the 1916 revolution. This political twist -the States and Russia were allies against Germany- it is really amazing.
On the other hand, the settings are really very poor and Douglas Sirk tries hards but what he and his collaborators give us is really poor. Miss Darnell is an agreeable actress but her Russian peasant is our of her possibilities. As for Mr Sanders singing in Russian, well, how can you take him seriously.
The odd thing is that these two actors were employees of Fox but this is not the company producing the film. What it is logical to suppose is that this artifact was in the line of propaganda about an ally in that year.
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