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Knight Without Armor (1937)

Knight Without Armour (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 23 July 1937 (USA)
After two years as a Czarist British agent posing as a Russian Commissar, he rescues a Russian countess from her Bolshevik captors.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

James Hilton (from the novel by), Frances Marion (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Alexandra
Robert Donat ... A.J. Fothergill
Irene Vanbrugh ... Duchess
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Vladinoff
Austin Trevor ... Colonel Adraxine
Basil Gill ... Axelstein
David Tree ... Maronin
John Clements John Clements ... Poushkoff
Frederick Culley Frederick Culley ... Stanfield
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Forrester
Dorice Fordred Dorice Fordred ... The Maid
Franklyn Kelsey Franklyn Kelsey ... Tomsky (as Franklin Kelsey)
Laurence Baskcomb Laurence Baskcomb ... Commissar (as Lawrence Baskcomb)
Hay Petrie ... Station Master
Miles Malleson ... Drunken Red Commissar (as Miles Malieson)
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Storyline

Because he can pass as a Russian, A.J. Fothergill is recruited to spy on the revolutionary movement in Russia in 1913. He becomes imprisoned in Siberia, as a revolutionary, until the 1917 uprisings. Amid the turmoil of the civil war between the red and white armies, he tries to flee Russia along with the beautiful Countess Alexandra. Written by Will Gilbert

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Together in the greatest adventure in love ever screened! (original print ad) See more »


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Trivia

During the bathtub scene, Marlene Dietrich slipped on a bar of soap, falling naked and spreadeagled before cast and crew. Ever the professional, she picked herself up, laughed and continued shooting. See more »

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As Fothergill and Alexandra escape through the unguarded border crossing, they quickly move through heavy brush. The shadow of the cameraman and his equipment can be seen upon their clothes as they walk. See more »

Quotes

Countess Alexandra Vladinoff: Don't you like my forest?
Ainsley J. Fothergill aka Peter Ouronov: I adore you.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: ASCOT 1913 See more »

Connections

Featured in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Alexandra's Song
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
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Marlene looks great no matter what
29 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Robert Donat is a British spy who is a "Knight Without Armor" in this 1937 Alexander Korda film, also starring Marlene Dietrich as a widowed Countess. Donat is A.J. Fothergill, a Brit in Russia who is recruited to spy on the revolutionary movement in 1913 because of his knowledge of the language. After being imprisoned in Siberia, he's released due to the 1917 revolution. As an assistant to a commissar he met in Siberia, he is assigned to the takeover of the estate of Countess Alexandra (Dietrich). He has to take her to Petrograd, and ultimately, they fall in love. He then attempts to get her out of the country.

A very good and absorbing film with Donat and the beautiful Dietrich giving wonderful performances as they trudge through Mother Russia. Be she in peasant clothes, babushka, nightgown, wedding gown, or evening gown, Dietrich looks fabulous, makeup intact. The most stunning scene takes place in the beginning when she wakes up in her gorgeous bedroom and rings for her maid. No maid. She gets up and searches the house. Nobody. She goes outside in her long white flowing nightgown, hair loose. Nothing. She spots her maid and calls to her. The maid runs. Dietrich turns around to see the entire horizon covered with soldiers coming at her. Fabulous.

There are many wonderful scenes, including a crowd stopping a train, that really capture the feeling of the chaos, panic, and dirt of war.

Robert Donat is marvelous, elegant of voice, sometimes a character actor and sometimes, with a wavy lock of hair on his forehead and kissing Dietrich, a very effective romantic leading man.

Very exciting film, and you really care about these characters. Highly recommended.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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