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Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

A prince plots to kill the mad monk Rasputin for the good of the czar, the czarina and Russia.

Directors:

Richard Boleslawski (as Richard Boleslavsky), Charles Brabin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles MacArthur (screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethel Barrymore ... The Czarina - Alexandra Feodorovna
Lionel Barrymore ... Grigori Yefimovitch Rasputin
Ralph Morgan ... The Czar - Nicholai Alexander
Tad Alexander ... The Czarevitch -Alexis Nikolaiovitch
John Barrymore ... Prince Paul Chegodieff
Diana Wynyard ... Princess Natasha
C. Henry Gordon ... Grand Duke Igor
Edward Arnold ... Doctor Remezov
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Storyline

As Europe looms on the edge of war in 1913, the family and members of the court of the Russian czar Nicholas come under the sway of a mysterious mystic named Rasputin. When Rasputin miraculously appears to cure the czar's son Alyosha of his hemophilia, the monk's reputation is cemented, particularly in the mind of the princess Natasha. Natasha's fiancé (and, later, husband) Prince Paul Chegodieff, however, suspects Rasputin is a charlatan who will cause the downfall of the royal family and perhaps of Russia itself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The story of a mysterious monk who ruled and ruined a nation. (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie, NY)) 21 April 1934) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le moine et l'impératrice See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1989 Sir David Napley published 'Rasputin in Hollywood', which covered in detail the 1934 libel lawsuit by the Youssoupoffs against MGM over the film. See more »

Goofs

The fact that the Tsarevich was sick was not announced publicly as portrayed in the movie. It was kept a secret. See more »

Quotes

The Czarina: Paul!
Prince Chegodieff: Majesty! Your lordship, look at him!
The Czarina: What's the matter with him?
Rasputin: Why, he's frightened, naturally. It's alright my boy, go to your mother. Don't be afraid. He won't hurt me.
Prince Chegodieff: Look at his eyes!
The Czarina: What's the matter with his eyes?
Rasputin: Is it because he wasn't glad to see you? What do you say to your mother, lordship?
The Czarevitch: I love you mamushka.
The Czarina: I love you darling.
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Alternate Versions

Upon its premiere "Rasputin and the Empress" ran approximately 132 minutes. Due to the famous lawsuits against it, a number of scenes had to be cut for legal reasons. One critical scene that was deleted was one which implied that Rasputin had raped Diana Wynyard's character of "Princess Natascha". The removal of this scene tended to make the character of Princess Natascha somewhat incomprehensible - initially she is a supporter of Rasputin; in the latter part of the film she is very afraid of him. Unless the viewer is aware of the cuts made in the film, there does not appear to be any explanation for the change in Princess Natascha toward Rasputin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz of the Flowers
(1892) (uncredited)
from the "Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played at Paul's party and danced by a ballet group
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The only film that all three Barrymores appeared in together. Rather dated and sometimes laughable, especially Ethel's constant "double-takes" whenever a dramatic moment occurs. But it's still worth watching.


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