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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 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screen rights were bought for Marion Davies to star as Grand Duchess Tatiana, but Warners ultimately went with Claudette Colbert, a major reason Davies left the studio. See more »

Quotes

Mikail: Mikail recalls the motto of the prison in which Gorotchenko had imprisoned him, 'Four walls for punishment are three too many.'
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Chto Mnie Gore
(uncredited)
Russian folk song
Words by Samuel Pokrass
Played on guitar and sung by Claudette Colbert
Hummed by Charles Boyer, Maurice Murphy and Anita Louise
Played as part of the score
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An enthusiastic review.
25 December 1999 | by robbiebourgetSee all my reviews

"Tovarich" was the sort of film Hollywood loved making -- light entertainment, a piece of fluff -- but with a subtle edge lacking in many other films of its era. This is a film that will make you smile, laugh and even choke up a bit. The performances are all brilliant and you would be hard pressed to dislike any character for long, even the 'villain' of the piece. This film even manages to convey its 'message' without being overbearing and destroying the humour. One of my all-time favourites.


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