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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Clara Heller (as Lori Lahner)
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Lunin -Public Prosecutor
Mary Servoss ...
Mrs. Kalenin
André Charlot ...
Mr. Kalenin
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Gregory - Volsky's Butler
Nina Koshetz ...
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Paul Hurst ...
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Charles Trowbridge ...
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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 FLASH of a Knife... The SCREAM of a Girl... The WRECK of a Man... See more »

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14 July 1944 (USA)  »

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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 »

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In the present day, Count Volsky tells Nadena Kalenin that he remembers how she was "just a little girl" seven years ago. However, the main events of the story take place seven years earlier, when Nadena was a fully grown woman. See more »

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Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff: When a man pities his rival, he's preparing to pity himself.
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You pitiful product of centuries of inbreeding.
10 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This had to come my way by accident. I must have wanted the 2006 film of the same name, and clicked this by mistake. It's the only reason I can imagine I have it.

Well, have it I do, and lets see what we have.

Linda Darnell (The Mark of Zorro) was excellent as a gold-digger, and George Sanders (All About Eve) outstanding as the object of her love. Edward Everett Horton was amazingly funny as a Count who was to lose it all in the impending Russian Revolution.

Lori Lahner was also a scene stealer in her only film.

A tragic love story that makes me glad I got it in error.


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