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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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Cast overview:
... Fedor Mikhailovich Petroff
... Olga Kuzminichna Urbenin
... Nadena Kalenin
... Count 'Piggy' Volsky
... Anton Urbenin
... Clara Heller (as Lori Lahner)
John Philliber ... Polycarp - Petroff's Butler
... Kuzma (as Sig Rumann)
... Lunin -Public Prosecutor
... Mrs. Kalenin
André Charlot ... Mr. Kalenin
... Gregory - Volsky's Butler
Nina Koshetz ... Gypsy Singer
... Officer Orloff
... 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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The writing credit to "Michael O'Hara" is a pseudonym for director Douglas Sirk. He picked the name because when he started this movie he had just finished reading 'Appointment in Samarra' by John O'Hara. 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: You're so beautiful; why is it that you degrade everything you touch?
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Russian peasant vixen
25 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Summer Storm is an adaption of Anton Chekhov's play The Shooting Party updated so as to include the Russian Revolution and the upheavals in the social order it brought. But certain things are both international and eternal. As this one where a beautiful peasant girl uses her looks and charm to get ahead in a society that didn't have any feminist notions.

Linda Darnell is our beautiful and alluring female protagonist. She's a peasant girl who is on the estate of Count Edward Everett Horton and before the film is over she gets the hormones going for Horton, for his estate manager Hugo Haas and for Judge George Sanders.

This was a bit of interesting casting for Sanders as he was in fact born in old Russia and according to his biographer and colleague Brian Aherne had a bit more of that temperament in his nature than you would realize. But for all of his position and sophistication he's addicted to love when it comes to Darnell.

This was also unusual casting for Edward Everett Horton who usually was playing silly fuss budgets in so many comedy films Some of that is here, but director Douglas Sirk got so much more from the character. As Sanders observes about the decadent Horton, he's everything that's wrong with the society that he is a part of.

Anna Lee is in Summer Storm also. She's the girl Sanders throws over for Darnell. But comes the Revolution and the worm really does turn.

It's not exactly what Chekhov had in mind, but Summer Storm is definitely worth a look for fans of the various cast members.


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