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Song of Russia (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | February 1944 (USA)
In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »


Gregory Ratoff, Laslo Benedek (uncredited)


Paul Jarrico (screenplay), Richard Collins (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... John Meredith
Susan Peters ... Nadya Stepanova
John Hodiak ... Boris Bulganov
Robert Benchley ... Hank Higgins
Felix Bressart ... Petrov
Michael Chekhov ... Ivan Stepanov
Darryl Hickman ... Peter Bulganov
Jacqueline White ... Anna Bulganov
Patricia Prest Patricia Prest ... Stasha Bulganov
Joan Lorring ... Sonia
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Alexander Meschkov
Leo Mostovoy Leo Mostovoy ... Yanovich
Leo Bulgakov ... Professor Faber
Zoia Karabanova Zoia Karabanova ... Natasha Bulganov
Konstantin Shayne ... Wounded Soldier (as Konstantine Shayne)


In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village. Written by Larry B.

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Drama | Music | Romance | War


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English | Russian

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balada Oriental See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Taylor later said he regretted making the film. See more »


Although the film is set during the German invasion of Russia in 1941, uniforms and equipment shown in both the stock footage and the American-filmed scenes are largely from the period of 1943-44, when the film was made. Of particular note are the helmets and rank insignia which are indicative of this later era. See more »


Referenced in Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997) See more »


from "The Seasons, Op.37b"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adapted by Herbert Stothart
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Classical music has played an enormous part in my life ever since seeing "Song of Russia"!
7 September 2004 | by d-freemanSee all my reviews

Like a previous writer, I too saw this movie as a child during World War 11.

I really cannot comment on its artistic value so many years later, however, as a young person ( with my Father overseas)during that point in history, it was something to see to bring closer the effects and personality of war. The one poignant thing about the movie that I still remember clearly was the playing of Tchaikovsky's very famous Piano Concerto #1 in B-Flat. It was my first real introduction to classical music. If nothing else, I am thankful for the film bringing this to me, for it and classical music have played an enormous part in my life ever since! It led me to study music and have been professionally involved in music all my working life. My thanks go to "Song Of Russia" and Tchaikovsky -Doug-

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