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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 »
NewsDesk:
(11 articles)
User Reviews:
Very good despite its rather ordinary rating on IMDb. 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)
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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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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff:You're so beautiful; why is it that you degrade everything you touch?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Shooting Party (1978)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very good despite its rather ordinary rating on IMDb., 19 January 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a film that probably would not have been made or would have been drastically re-worked had it been made earlier or later in history. As the film, at least in part, is based in Soviet Russia and was written by Chekhov (not the "Star Trek" one), it's NOT the sort of film Hollywood would have made in the 1930s or after the Cold War began. But, because the Soviet Union was TEMPORARILY an ally of the United States (due to WWII), Hollywood felt comfortable making films showing modern Russia.

George Sanders plays a judge living in pre-revolutionary Russia. He eventually meets up with a gorgeous peasant girl (Linda Darnell) and he is absolutely smitten with her. However, what he doesn't know is that she turns out to be a heartless...um....lady. Eventually, after throwing away another woman who would have been a great match, he learns that she is NOT a nice lady. She'd used him and was simply a conniver. What happens next, well, I don't want to spoil the film so I'll say no more.

All in all, the biggest star of this film is the very intelligent and interesting script. Also, while Sanders and Darnell (along with Edward Everett Horton) were not big stars, they were all very good actors and more than carried the film--especially Sanders. Well done and worth seeing.

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