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The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 2 July 1937 (USA)
A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's identity and fall in love.

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

Writers:

Baroness Emmuska Orczy (book) (as Baroness Orczy), Harold Goldman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Baron Stephan Wolensky
Luise Rainer ... Countess Olga Mironova
Robert Young ... Grand Duke Peter
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Maria Orlich
Frank Morgan ... Col. Baron Suroff
Henry Stephenson ... Prince Johann
Bernadene Hayes ... Mitzi Reisenbach
Donald Kirke ... Anton - the Thief
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mr. Korum - a Conspirator (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. Malchor - a Conspirator
Ian Wolfe ... Leon - a Conspirator (as Ien Wulf)
Barnett Parker ... Albert - Stephan's Butler
Frank Reicher ... Pavloff
Bert Roach ... Hotel Clerk
Paul Porcasi ... Santuzzi
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Storyline

A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's identity and fall in love.

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Drama that will toy with your heart


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventure for Three See more »

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Budget:

$620,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $259,000 ($4,383,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When the Baron is in bed reading the letter and getting details from Mr. Korum, the amount of brandy in his glass diminishes significantly inexplicably without him drinking it. See more »

Connections

References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Guitars
Old Gypsy folk song
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enjoyable, light story set in Europe and Russia
20 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Back in the '30s, the studios made dozens of movies that were set in Europe to give Americans during the Depression a sense of fantasy and other world glamor, and to keep their foreign market. "The Emperor's Candlesticks" starring William Powell and Luise Rainer is such a film, with supporting roles featuring two young stars, Robert Young and Maureen O'Sullivan. Powell and Rainer are opposing foreign agents who each hide their documents in a pair of candlesticks to be brought to Russia as a gift to a noblewoman. The candlesticks were to be delivered by Powell, but Rainer talks the Austrian who has given him the task to let her do it. They are stolen by her maid and her boyfriend, and both Powell and Rainer try to be the first to recover them.

Powell and Rainer are delightful in this crazy story. Rainer, with her small face and enormous eyes, is gorgeous, playing the part of a spy with charm. Powell is always good and plays off Rainer very well. Robert Young and Maureen O'Sullivan portray a prince and his kidnapper's accomplice, respectively, who meet at a masquerade ball, he dressed as Romeo and she as Juliet. Their last scene together is very sweet.

This movie is odd for one reason. The stars all lived for a very long time, and in fact, Rainer at this writing is still alive at the age of 96. Young lived to 91, O'Sullivan to 87, Powell to 91. Must have been something in the water on the set. Wish it had been present on more films!


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