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Rowland Leigh (screenplay)
Douglas Sirk (adaptation)
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Release Date:
14 July 1944 (USA) See more »
The FLASH of a Knife... The SCREAM of a Girl... The WRECK of a Man... See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Tedious grade B film of Russian femme fatale and the tragedy in her wake. See more (10 total) »


  (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 C. Tallas .... collaborating editor (as Gregg G. Tallas)
Music Department
Karl Hajos .... musical director
Other crew
Eugen Schüfftan .... technical director (as Eugene Schufftan)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff:When a man pities his rival, he's preparing to pity himself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Shooting Party (1985)See more »


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11 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Tedious grade B film of Russian femme fatale and the tragedy in her wake., 14 March 2001

Adapted from Chekov, this saga describes the machinations of a peasant woman to rise to the top by playing man after man until she gets where she wants to get. Simultaneously playing husband, police official and count against each other, lying, stealing jewelry and conniving her way to a possible title, she finally goes too far and is murdered. It's no mystery to figure out who did it and the tortured soul gets away, but justice and the Hollywood code prevail. With all this at hand, the film fails to be sultry or engaging or even tense - as it should be. The direction is ho-hum and the performances only adequate. The dramatic score using a number of Russian and/or Russian-sounding themes was deservedly nominated for an Oscar, but the rest of the production is just bland. Only for those who are fans of the stars.

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