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A Royal Scandal (1945)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 1 October 1945 (Sweden)
In 18th century Russia,the naive and idealistic lieutenant Chernov meets Empress Catherine the Great who becomes infatuated with him and appoints him Chief of the Imperial Guard.

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Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
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Countess Anna Jaschikoff
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Lt. Alexei Chernoff
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Marquis de Fleury
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Capt. Sukov
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Gen. Ronsky
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Malakoff
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Drunken General
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In 18th century Russia,a naive and idealistic lieutenant,Alexei Chernoff, deserts his unit and rushes to the Imperial Palace to warn Empress Catherine the Great of great dangers.Lieutenant Chernoff's fiancée,Countess Anna,is one of the ladies-in-waiting of the Empress.Upon forcing his way into the palace, lieutenant Chernoff meets Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch who promises to convey Chernoff's warning to the Empress but Chernoff wants to meet the Empress in person.His fiancée is also surprised to see Chernoff inside the palace.When Chernoff finally meets the Empress,he's mesmerized by her personality and swears to give his life to protect her.Catherine is impressed by his sense of sacrifice,innocence,sincerity,loyalty and also by his good looks.Infatuated with him,she makes him her boy-toy,to Anna's dismay.Overnight,Chernoff is appointed Chief of the Imperial Guard and his rank is raised to captain,to major,to colonel,according to Empress Catherine's romantic mood. Written by nufs68

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Saucy! Naughty! Delicious!


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1 October 1945 (Sweden)  »

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According to legend, Garbo agreed to star in the film after Bankhead had been signed. However, Garbo had been off the screen for 3 years, and Bankhead was considered "hot" for her performance in Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"' so she kept the part. See more »

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Marquis de Fleury: Monsieur: the wig is the essence of our civilisation, it is the symbol of our century, it is the rococo of the rococo.
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This picture is about Catherine of Russia. Her people called her the "Mother of all all the Russias". Her biographers called her "the Great". Our story takes place at the time of her life when she was not so much of a mother but when she was especially great. See more »

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Remake of Forbidden Paradise (1924) See more »

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Slippery intrigue at Court
22 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tallulah Bankhead is Catherine the Great and runs the Russian Palace as she chooses. In reality, it is Charles Coburn who fixes things to run smoothly as the Chancellor and she allows him a few discretions, ie, pocketing money for himself. Into this Court arrives Lieutenant (I think) William Eythe to warn Tallulah that she is in great danger – she already knows this but she fancies him and this is the driving force behind the film. I forget what rank he is in the army but you will understand my memory lapse once you have seen the film.

The film is a comedy and can be slightly over-the-top in terms of acting techniques, especially, William Eythe. The cast are all pretty good in their roles – Anne Baxter holds her own in scenes with Tallulah as her lady-in-waiting, but it is Tallulah's show and she doesn't disappoint in her delivery. Coburn is also good. However, other characters do grate slightly, especially at the beginning in a sequence with traitor General Sig Ruman (Vronsky) which goes on for too long, playing for humour and missing the mark. Also, Vincent Price turns up as a French diplomat affecting a shockingly bad French accent. Why?

Overall, the film is OK, funny in parts, but nothing great which is ultimately a disappointment as I was expecting better. A time-passer and chance to see Tallulah in action.


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