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In 1745 a German princess, renamed Catherine, arrives to marry Grand Duke Peter of Russia, whom she initially likes. But his suspicious, unstable nature gradually estranges them, and Peter finds solace with pretty courtiers. Catherine invents her own (fictitious) lovers, temporarily improving matters. Alas, accession to the throne brings out the worst in Peter, and loyal Catherine is urged to assume power.Written by
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This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Philadelphia Friday 9 July 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Boston Sunday 18 July 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Chicago Monday 26 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), by Cleveland Sunday 15 August 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), by Baltimore Saturday 13 November 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), by New York City Friday, November 26, 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Dayton Sunday 6 February 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), by Atlanta Monday 28 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and by Cincinnati Friday 6 May 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »
When Peter marries Catherine in a Russian Orthodox service, they respond to the the lines "Do you take this man/woman to be your lawful wedded husband/wife... until death do you part?" These lines are not part of a traditional Orthodox service. The bride and groom usually do not say anything during the service. See more »
Openng credits prologue: RUSSIA 1745
THE HUNTING LODGE OF GRAND DUKE PETER, HEIR TO THE THRONE. See more »
The alternative title "The Rise of Catherine the Great" is much more accurate since the picture ends with her getting the throne.
The costumes and sets are Grade A Hollywood (compliment).
Flora Robson (Empress Elisabeth) has the best lines and delivers them impressively. Elisabeth Bergner (Catherine) does well in her scenes with the Empress. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Grand Duke Peter) seems out of his depth.
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