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Lenin in October (1937)

Lenin v oktyabre (original title)
Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 1 April 1938 (USA)
The movie about events of October revolution of 1917 and Lenin's role in the organization of revolt of Bolsheviks.


Mikhail Romm, Dmitriy Vasilev (co-director) (as D. Vasiliev)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Shchukin Boris Shchukin ... Vladimir Ilich Lenin
Nikolai Okhlopkov Nikolai Okhlopkov ... Vasily
Vasili Vanin ... Factory Foreman Matveyev
Nikolai Svobodin ... Rutkovsky, the Social Revoluti0nary
Vadim Ganshin ... Zhukov, the Menshevik
Yelena Shatrova Yelena Shatrova ... Anna Mikhailovna
Nikolai Arsky Nikolai Arsky ... Blinov, worker (as N. Arsky)
Ivan Lagutin Ivan Lagutin ... Unidentified Character [Credits name: Filep]
A. Kovalevsky A. Kovalevsky ... Aleksandr Feodorovich Kerenski
Nikolai Sokolov Nikolai Sokolov ... Mikhail Vladimir Rodzyanko
Nikolai Chaplygin Nikolai Chaplygin ... Kirilin
Vladimir Vladislavskiy ... Karnayukhov (as V. Vladislavsky)
Klavdiya Korobova Klavdiya Korobova ... Natasha, Vasily's wife (as K. Korobova)
Semyon Goldshtab Semyon Goldshtab ... Josef Stalin
Vladimir Pokrovskiy ... Dzerzhinsky (as V. Pokrovsky)


The movie about events of October revolution of 1917 and Lenin's role in the organization of revolt of Bolsheviks.

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1 April 1938 (USA) See more »

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There are two versions of this film, one with Stalin and one without Stalin. All of his scene were cut or altered for its reissue in 1958. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are three versions of this film. The original version shows Stalin in the background in half a dozen of scenes. In 1958 most of his scenes were cut or altered. In the 1963 version he does not appear at all. See more »


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An interesting time capsule showing Lenin as his followers saw him
23 April 2009 | by gring0See all my reviews

A sympathetic, human Lenin presents himself in this movie that has the feel of a Marx Brothers offering without the zaniness. Made a year before most of the characters would have been wiped out in the 1938 purge ending the lives of Bukharin, Rykov and Tomsky, Stalin's malevolent presence is promoted. It was interesting to see a version of this released post Kruschev's deStalinisation speech where a huge soldier would be placed on screen to cover up the offending dictator and perverter of Lenin's mission. Today Lenin looks incongruous as he cracks jokes, hugs male revolutionaries and gets on his hands and knees on the floor plotting mayhem. Boris Shchukin looks uncannily like the Great Man, as does other characters such as a young rakish Stalin and Kerensky. www.tracesofevil.blogspot.com

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