Nazi adaptation of Verne's Michel Strogoff: a Czarist courier has to get across the Siberia frontier, threatened by Tartar invaders and a treacherous Russian helping them.Strogoff encounters several colorful characters along the way.
In 19th century Russia, a Tartar rebellion led by Feofar Khan separates Russia from Siberia where the Tsar's brother and his troops are making a last stand. The Tsar entrusts Captain Michel Strogoff to deliver a vital message to them.
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The TCM print had an onscreen copyright statement which read "copyright 1945 by Ermo Productions." It suggests that associate producer Joseph N. Ermolieff obtained the rights to the movie and modified the title page. All other onscreen credits, however, agreed with those listed in the AFI Catalogue and the IMDb database. See more »
from opera "Prince Igor"
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
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THE ADVENTURES OF MICHAEL STROGOFF (aka THE SOLDIER AND THE LADY) is a strange little movie. At first glance it's an American production, but then it turns out to be a version of a French version of a German movie. Confused yet? In essence, lots of footage is taken from the European original(s) with some added-in sub-plots involving a couple of comic relief characters commentating on the action.
The film is a fairly typical swashbuckler for the era, ostensibly based on a Jules Verne story. The fact that it involves the Russian Empire makes for a refreshing change, but otherwise it's business as usual. The bad guys are dastardly and of the moustache-twirling variety while the hero is put through the mill during the course of the production.
There are certainly some rousing bits of spectacle along the way, including well-filmed horse and carriage chases. The ending is inevitably stirring, with a nice twist. Strogoff gets the chance to indulge in some fisticuffs with a bear and is later subjected to a torture scene straight out of a FU MANCHU movie. It's all heavily dated so only those with a nostalgic eye for the era will likely enjoy it.
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