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The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

Straightforward biography of the Russian empress, up to her assumption of the throne.

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Complete credited cast:
... Grand Duke Peter (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
... Catherine
... Empress Elisabeth
... Lecocq
... Princess Anhalt-Zerbst
... Katushienka
Dorothy Hale ... Countess Olga
... Countess Vorontzova
... Grigory Orlov
... Bestujhev (as Gibb Maclaughlin)
Clifford Heatherley ... Ogarev
Lawrence Hanray ... Goudovitch
Allan Jeayes ... Colonel Karnilov
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Also Known As:

Katharina die Große  »

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In 1937, this film was shown on a double bill with Wives Never Know (1936) in Canada. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Openng credits prologue: RUSSIA 1745

THE HUNTING LODGE OF GRAND DUKE PETER, HEIR TO THE THRONE. See more »

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Version of Great Catherine (1968) See more »

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High production value Hollywood history
22 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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