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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Ernst Lubitsch worked with Edwin Justus Mayer in the scripting process. Edwin Justus Mayer worked with Lubitsch before in To Be or Not to Be (1942). See more »

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Marquis de Fleury: I have seen portraits, many many of Your Majesty and I have heard glowing reports of the beauties and charms of Your Majesty. But the palette of the painter has not colours enough to paint and the lyre of the poet has strings not tender enough to sing about the beauty which my eyes have the good fortune to dazzle at.
Catherine the Great: Thank you Monsieur Le Marquis, but I want you to know that compliments of that kind don't mean very much in Russia.
Marquis de Fleury: Your Majesty - they don't mean anything in France - it's just ...
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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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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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