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A Royal Scandal (1945)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  11 April 1945 (USA)
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In 19th century Russia,the idealistic officer Chernov is appointed chief of the Imperial Guard by the Empress Catherine the Great and navigates between the diplomacy of Grand Chancellor Nicolai Liyitch and the plots of the generals.

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Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
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Countess Anna Jaschikoff
William Eythe ...
Lt. Alexei Chernoff
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Marquis de Fleury
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Capt. Sukov
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Gen. Ronsky
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Malakoff
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Drunken General
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In 19th century Russia,the idealistic officer Chernov is appointed chief of the Imperial Guard by the Empress Catherine the Great and navigates between the diplomacy of Grand Chancellor Nicolai Liyitch and the plots of the generals.

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Saucy! Naughty! Delicious!

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11 April 1945 (USA)  »

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According to Book "Ernst Lubitsch and Samson Raphaelson: A Study in Collaboration," Ernst Lubitsch directed the rehearsals of this film. See more »

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An underrated masterwork
13 March 2008 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

The history of this film has been documented well,and its failure, at the time, has taken its toll on its reputation. Perhaps, it was made at the wrong time; perhaps Tallulah Bankhead was not the 'darling' of the film critics as she had been by theater critics; perhaps it was an easy target because Lubitsch had been ill and Peminger substituted - a simple target to call a film 'not of a piece'. I do have a copy of it, though, and, today, it stands as a comedy of wit, charm, and delicious mischief. Bankhead is 'mahvelous' playing it to the hilt and offering superb takes on all of her lines. Her reaction shots are among the funniest yet capture on film. No, it is not Catherine -- it is Tallulah--but this is a satirical romp and not meant to be faithful to Russian history. William Eythe, forever underrated, is perfection.A stellar comedic force (he was equally fine in more serious roles e.g. TheHouse on 92nd Street). Coburn is in the right frame of mind and action; Anne Baxter does not quite capture the spirit of the madness, but she is not bad. It is probably insane to think that 'A Royal Scandal' finally can get the credit it deserved. But it is a tasty and wonderful cinematic morsel to enjoy again and again.


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