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Summer Storm (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 July 1944 (USA)
In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences.

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Douglas Sirk

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Rowland Leigh (screenplay), Douglas Sirk (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Sanders ... Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff
Linda Darnell ... Olga Kuzminichna Urbenin
Anna Lee ... Nadena Kalenin
Edward Everett Horton ... Count 'Piggy' Volsky
Hugo Haas ... Anton Urbenin
Laurie Lane ... Clara Heller (as Lori Lahner)
John Philliber John Philliber ... Polycarp - Petroff's Butler
Sig Ruman ... Kuzma (as Sig Rumann)
John Abbott ... Lunin -Public Prosecutor
Mary Servoss ... Mrs. Kalenin
André Charlot André Charlot ... Mr. Kalenin
Robert Greig ... Gregory - Volsky's Butler
Nina Koshetz Nina Koshetz ... Gypsy Singer
Paul Hurst ... Officer Orloff
Charles Trowbridge ... Doctor
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In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences. Written by Remy <rholzer@ammi.org>

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Don't Go Near This Woman! Nothing So Beautiful Was Ever So Deadly! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraña confesión See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The source story by Anton Chekhov, 'The Shooting Party', is set in the 1840's, but director Douglas Sirk moved up the setting to the 1910s so the framing sequences at the beginning and the end would take place after the Russian Revolution. "With guys like [Fedor] and the Count going around, there had to be a revolution," Sirk explained. See more »

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In the present day, Count Volsky tells Nadena Kalenin that he remembers how she was "just a little girl" seven years ago. However, the main events of the story take place seven years earlier, when Nadena was a fully grown woman. See more »

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Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff: When a man pities his rival, he's preparing to pity himself.
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Superb film version of Chekhov's 'The Shooting Party.'
13 July 2001 | by haroldg-2See all my reviews

SUMMER STORM is Douglas Sirk's 1944 filming of Chekhov's 'The Shooting Party.' Why this literate, mature and well acted film isn't better known is a mystery to me.

Set in Russia just before the revolution, it stars dark and lovely young Linda Darnell as a peasant beauty who's quest for wealth and position leads to tragedy and death.

Linda Darnell has one of the best roles of her film career, and she's never been better then she is here. She gives a sensual and sexy performance as the vain and greedy girl who plays several lovers against each other in order get all she can out of each of them. I think Linda Darnell's beauty hardened rather early, and even by A LETTER TO THREE WIVES in 1949, she was already rather sharp and cold looking. But in 1944 and SUMMER STORM, she was still soft and lovely, and one of the most remarkably beautiful brunettes of the era.

George Sanders gives another fine performance, in a rather typical George Sanders part, as a snobbish, aristocratic judge who's obsession with the girl ruins his career and his engagement to lovely Anna Lee. His loves scenes with Darnell are quite frank and passionate for their day, and both stars are excellent together.

And Edward Everette Horton gives what has to be one of the best performances of his career, in a role quite unlike his usual, as a spoiled, lecherous Russian count.

A top notch adult drama in every way.


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