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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 »
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(11 articles)
User Reviews:
Superb film version of Chekhov's 'The Shooting Party.' See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Linda Darnell ... Olga Kuzminichna Urbenin

George Sanders ... Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff

Edward Everett Horton ... Count 'Piggy' Volsky

Anna Lee ... Nadena Kalenin
Hugo Haas ... Anton Urbenin
Laurie Lane ... Clara Heller (as Lori Lahner)
Sig Ruman ... Kuzma, Volsky's woodcutter
John Philliber ... Polycarp - Petroff's butler

John Abbott ... Lunin - public prosecutor
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Kalenin
André Charlot ... Mr. Kalenin, publisher
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)
Robert Greig ... Gregory - Volsky's Butler (uncredited)
Paul Hurst ... Officer Orloff (uncredited)
Kenneth Jones ... (uncredited)
John Kelly ... (uncredited)
Nina Koshetz ... Gypsy Singer (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)
Charles Trowbridge ... Doctor (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)
 
Film Editing by
Gregg C. Tallas  (as Gregg Tallas)
 
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)
 
Music Department
Karl Hajos .... musical director
 
Other crew
Eugen Schüfftan .... technical director
 

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106 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
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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Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff:When a man pities his rival, he's preparing to pity himself.See more »
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Superb film version of Chekhov's 'The Shooting Party.', 13 July 2001
Author: haroldg-2 from Philadelphia

SUMMER STORM is Douglas Sirk's 1944 filming of Chekhov's 'The Shooting Party.' Why this literate, mature and well acted film isn't better known is a mystery to me.

Set in Russia just before the revolution, it stars dark and lovely young Linda Darnell as a peasant beauty who's quest for wealth and position leads to tragedy and death.

Linda Darnell has one of the best roles of her film career, and she's never been better then she is here. She gives a sensual and sexy performance as the vain and greedy girl who plays several lovers against each other in order get all she can out of each of them. I think Linda Darnell's beauty hardened rather early, and even by A LETTER TO THREE WIVES in 1949, she was already rather sharp and cold looking. But in 1944 and SUMMER STORM, she was still soft and lovely, and one of the most remarkably beautiful brunettes of the era.

George Sanders gives another fine performance, in a rather typical George Sanders part, as a snobbish, aristocratic judge who's obsession with the girl ruins his career and his engagement to lovely Anna Lee. His loves scenes with Darnell are quite frank and passionate for their day, and both stars are excellent together.

And Edward Everette Horton gives what has to be one of the best performances of his career, in a role quite unlike his usual, as a spoiled, lecherous Russian count.

A top notch adult drama in every way.

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