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Director:
Writers:
Rowland Leigh (screenplay)
Douglas Sirk (adaptation)
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Release Date:
14 July 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The FLASH of a Knife... The SCREAM of a Girl... The WRECK of a Man... See more »
Plot:
In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Mediocre See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

George Sanders ... Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff

Linda Darnell ... Olga Kuzminichna Urbenin

Anna Lee ... Nadena Kalenin

Edward Everett Horton ... Count 'Piggy' Volsky

Hugo Haas ... Anton Urbenin
Laurie Lane ... Clara Heller (as Lori Lahner)
John Philliber ... Polycarp - Petroff's Butler

Sig Ruman ... Kuzma (as Sig Rumann)

John Abbott ... Lunin -Public Prosecutor
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Kalenin
André Charlot ... Mr. Kalenin
Robert Greig ... Gregory - Volsky's Butler
Nina Koshetz ... Gypsy Singer

Paul Hurst ... Officer Orloff

Charles Trowbridge ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ... (uncredited)
Woody Charles ... Young Lackey (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Man Mailing Letter (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Byron Foulger ... Clerk in Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Joyce Gates ... Gypsy Girl (uncredited)
Kenneth Jones ... (uncredited)
John Kelly ... (uncredited)
Gabriel Lenoff ... Father Konstantin, Priest (uncredited)
Kate MacKenna ... Woman with Umbrella (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Tall Policeman Bending Over Petroff (uncredited)
Sharon McManus ... Beggar Child (uncredited)
Francis Morris ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... Judge in Kharkov (uncredited)

Frank Orth ... Cafe Maitre d' at End (uncredited)

Sarah Padden ... Beggar Woman (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... (uncredited)

Elizabeth Russell ... Dinner Guest Offended by Kuzma (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Anita Venge ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
 
Writing credits
Rowland Leigh (screenplay)

Douglas Sirk (adaptation) and
Douglas Sirk (adaptation) (as Michael O'Hara)

Robert Thoeren (additional dialogue)

Anton Chekhov  based on the novel by: "The Shooting Party" (as Anton Chekov)

Produced by
Rudolf S. Joseph .... associate producer (as Rudolph Joseph)
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Karl Hajos 
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout  (as Archie M. Stout)
Eugen Schüfftan (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Rudi Feld 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Lon Anthony 
Max Pretzfelder 
 
Production Management
Walter Mayo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... sound recordist (as Richard de Weese)
Fred Lau .... sound (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gregg G. Tallas .... collaborating editor
 
Music Department
Karl Hajos .... musical director
 
Other crew
Eugen Schüfftan .... technical director (as Eugene Schufftan)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Before hiring Rowland Leigh, director Douglas Sirk had asked James M. Cain to write the film, but he fired Cain and junked his script because Cain had made the characters seem too American.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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:You're so beautiful; why is it that you degrade everything you touch?See more »
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre, 23 September 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Darnell (Olga) does a bang-up job posing seductively as she works her destructive way up the social ladder in czarist Russia. Still, the movie lacks persuasiveness. Now, few actors are better at being both snide and dashing than Sanders (Fedor) who is expert at both, especially in that spiffy uniform. The trouble is this melodrama hinges on soft emotions made intense, and frankly neither Darnell nor Sanders excel at being lovelorn—at least in this movie (contrast with Anna Lee's Nadeena who brings it off nicely). So, we listen to the words and watch the clinches, but it's all minus the inner conviction. Thus, the tragic upshot fails to impact the way it should, despite the touching very last frame.

Nonetheless, Horton (Volsky) gets a showcase role as the decadent, yet likable, aristocrat who also manages to steal the show. At the same time, I don't know who plays the petite maid, but she has a look and manner that's quite distinctive.

Also, I don't know who the production company, Angelus, is, but they're clearly a cheap-jack outfit. The sets for the shooting party are bare-bones and obvious; at the same time, the entire film has an extremely drab look that cuts against its manorial setting. This is a movie- subject that needs generous, if not lavish, production values as a background, especially to justify Olga's aspirations. Instead, we get the economy version, to put it politely. Too bad a prestige studio like TCF didn't take on the project.

Anyway, I agree with another reviewer that the movie is basically for fans of Sanders and Darnell, with Horton as an amusing bonus.

(In passing—note the photo of Lenin in the publisher's office. It may be the only Hollywood appearance of the Bolshevik revolutionary outside of Cold War contexts.)

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