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Great Catherine (1968)

G | | Comedy | 6 December 1968 (UK)
Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is ... See full summary »

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The British Ambassador
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Varinka
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Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is brought to the imperial court to seek audience with the empress Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). He obtains an interview with her courtier, the drunken Potemkin (Zero Mostel), who ends up carrying him in his arms to the empress and dumping him into her royal bed. From this moment on, the hapless Edstaston endeavours to escape from the clutches of the sex-crazed empress and leave the city with his English fiancée. Written by cocoken

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By day she was Catherine the Queen. By night she was Catherine the Great.

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6 December 1968 (UK)  »

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Catalina la Grande  »

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Zero Mostel and Akim Tamiroff were concurrently filming the comedy "Monsieur Lecoq " for Columbia and Carl Foreman. The movie however was cancelled due to " Poor weather conditions ", an industry euphemism for a troubled shoot. See more »

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Potemkin: Varinka, go look through keyhole in imperial bedchamber and bring back word whether empress is awake yet.
Varinka: I do not look through keyholes.
Varinka: You have been badly brought up, my little darling. Would any lady or gentleman walk into a room unannounced without first looking through keyhole?
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The last line of the end credits reads: "With Scobie As The Ambassador's Dog". See more »

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Version of Catherine the Great (1996) See more »

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lost gem
11 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of those movies that I saw ages ago, want to see again, to see if it has the same effect. Trying to capture Peter O'Toole's Whats New Pussycat flavor (although more buffoonish)& including a great array of character actors, Mostel, Hawkins, Tamiroff & Griffith the critics probably wanted this to be better than it is. But it is French legend Jeanne Moreau that is so wonderful. It was one of the first times I had seen her, actually probably the first, & she is not afraid to mix her sexiness with slapstick. With such a male cast it would have been easy for her to be just be scenery but she accepts her pratfalls brilliantly eg getting shot in the seat of her dress by clumsy O'Toole. if anyone has a copy of this gem please post this info


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