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Saraband (1948)

Saraband for Dead Lovers (original title)
Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 4 October 1948 (UK)
A young woman marries Prince George but it's far from a love match. Then she falls for a Swedish Count.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Countess Platen
The Electress Sophia (as Francoise Rosay)
Frederick Valk ...
The Elector Ernest Augustus
Megs Jenkins ...
Frau Busche
David Horne ...
Duke George William
Mercia Swinburne ...
Countess Eleanore
Cecil Trouncer ...
Major Eck
Noel Howlett ...
Count Platen
Barbara Leake ...


A young woman marries Prince George but it's far from a love match. Then she falls for a Swedish Count.

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A Romance that rocked the Thrones of Kings.


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4 October 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Saraband  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first Ealing Studios film to be shot in colour. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FROM a Germany that was then a collection of small and independent States, GEORGE LOUIS of Hanover succeeded to the throne of England. As KING GEORGE the FIRST he left behind him a prisoner in the CASTLE of AHLDEN - - a woman whose name he tried to obliterate from the pages of history, whose story he determined should die with her. It was the story of the woman who had been his wife......SOPHIE DOROTHEA. See more »

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Truly Stunning Forties Melodrama
27 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most beautifully made Technicolor melodramas of the 1940's which loses nothing in maintaining historical accuracy. Look out for simply stunning performances from Peter Bull as the heir presumptive to the British throne and, above all, Flora Robson as Countess Platen. Stewart Granger (Konigsmark) is in top form and Francoise Rosay as the Electress Sophia is unforgettable. Dialogue is razor sharp throughout, the costumes are splendidly authentic and the sets are magnificent. The only area of weakness is Joan Greenwood's Sophie Dorothea, but she is supposed to be playing a tragic victim and maybe that's why critics wrote her off as a wet lettuce. It is much to be regretted that Saraband is not more widely available.

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