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Tovarich (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 December 1937 (USA)
Ousted from their homeland by the Bolshevik revolution, a royal Russian couple find themselves impoverished and living in Paris. They take positions as butler and housemaid in a wealthy ... See full summary »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Jacques Deval (play), Casey Robinson | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna Romanov
Charles Boyer ... Prince Mikail Alexandrovitch Ouratieff
Basil Rathbone ... Commissar Dimitri Gorotchenko
Anita Louise ... Helene Dupont
Melville Cooper ... Charles Dupont
Isabel Jeans ... Fermonde Dupont
Morris Carnovsky ... Chauffourier Dubieff
Victor Kilian ... Gendarme
Maurice Murphy ... Georges Dupont
Gregory Gaye ... Count Frederic Brekenski
Montagu Love ... M. Courtois
Renie Riano ... Madame Courtois (as Reine Riano)
Fritz Feld ... Martelleau
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Kartegann
May Boley May Boley ... Louise
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Storyline

Ousted from their homeland by the Bolshevik revolution, a royal Russian couple find themselves impoverished and living in Paris. They take positions as butler and housemaid in a wealthy household and, owing to their impeccable breeding and manners, excel in their new jobs. But once they are recognized for the royal couple they are, they must face new -- and formidable -- responsibilities. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tonight's Our Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Claudette Colbert became ill during production, causing the film to fall behind schedule. See more »

Quotes

Mikail: [to Gorotchenko] What are you doing in our kitchen?
Tatiana: Pick him up with the coal tongs, Mikail, and throw him out.
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Soundtracks

The Volga Boatman
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Composer unknown
Played as part of the score
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Give Characters a Little More Intelligence!
4 May 2006 | by filmnoir-fanaticSee all my reviews

After reading many positive reviews, I was very excited to watch this movie. The script turned out to be the biggest turn off for me. The very first scene, where the 14th of July is celebrated in Paris, catches our poor protagonists (Russian aristocracy, no less) being totally oblivious to the meaning of the festivities. I had a hard time swallowing this. Come on... Russian aristocrats learned French language and French culture before they learned Russian language and culture. I doubt it very much that they did not know what 14th of July meant for the French. I know that it's supposed to be a sophisticated continental comedy, but please do not insult our intelligence in a process. From this uninspired start, the movie just dragged on and on and on. Both Boyer and Colbert were wasted in this mediocre material. They deserved better!


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