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A Royal Scandal (1945)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 1 October 1945 (Sweden)
In 18th century Russia,the naive and idealistic lieutenant Chernov meets Empress Catherine the Great who becomes infatuated with him and appoints him Chief of the Imperial Guard.

Directors:

Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited)

Writers:

Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay), Bruno Frank (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Catherine the Great
Charles Coburn ... Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
Anne Baxter ... Countess Anna Jaschikoff
William Eythe ... Lt. Alexei Chernoff
Vincent Price ... Marquis de Fleury
Mischa Auer ... Capt. Sukov
Sig Ruman ... Gen. Ronsky
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Malakoff
Mikhail Rasumny ... Drunken General
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In 18th century Russia,a naive and idealistic lieutenant,Alexei Chernoff, deserts his unit and rushes to the Imperial Palace to warn Empress Catherine the Great of great dangers.Lieutenant Chernoff's fiancée,Countess Anna,is one of the ladies-in-waiting of the Empress.Upon forcing his way into the palace, lieutenant Chernoff meets Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch who promises to convey Chernoff's warning to the Empress but Chernoff wants to meet the Empress in person.His fiancée is also surprised to see Chernoff inside the palace.When Chernoff finally meets the Empress,he's mesmerized by her personality and swears to give his life to protect her.Catherine is impressed by his sense of sacrifice,innocence,sincerity,loyalty and also by his good looks.Infatuated with him,she makes him her boy-toy,to Anna's dismay.Overnight,Chernoff is appointed Chief of the Imperial Guard and his rank is raised to captain,to major,to colonel,according to Empress Catherine's romantic mood. Written by nufs68

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Saucy! Naughty! Delicious!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarina See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Book "Ernst Lubitsch and Samson Raphaelson: A Study in Collaboration," Ernst Lubitsch directed the rehearsals of this film. See more »

Quotes

Marquis de Fleury: Monsieur: the wig is the essence of our civilisation, it is the symbol of our century, it is the rococo of the rococo.
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Crazy Credits

This picture is about Catherine of Russia. Her people called her the "Mother of all all the Russias". Her biographers called her "the Great". Our story takes place at the time of her life when she was not so much of a mother but when she was especially great. See more »

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Referenced in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

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Talullah in a hidden gem
16 February 2005 | by willie-14See all my reviews

I saw this movie over 30 years ago on late night television. I was expecting a dry costume drama, but ended up laughing my head off at one of the classiest comedies I have ever seen. And unfortunately that was it. I have never seen it again, on TV or on video. In fact I don't think it has ever been released on video. Talullah's film appearances were few, and this showed her at her forte, comedy.

Granted, she was also one of the great dramatic actresses of her day (her performance in The Little Foxes on Broadway is considered to be one of the finest of the 20th century), but more marketable actresses always won out over her in Hollywood (she never forgave Bette Davis for stealing the Foxes role from her).

When can a larger audience expect to see this comic gem? (and when can I find out if my childhood memories can stand up to my adult tastes?)


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