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A Royal Scandal (1945)

Approved | | 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 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:

Ernst Lubitsch's A Royal Scandal See more »

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Production Co:

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

In the Alfred Hitchcock/William Everson interview, it is revealed that Ernst Lubitsch did the storyboards for this film and handed them over to Otto Preminger to carry out the orders for Lubitsch. See more »

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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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Slippery intrigue at Court
22 January 2017 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Tallulah Bankhead is Catherine the Great and runs the Russian Palace as she chooses. In reality, it is Charles Coburn who fixes things to run smoothly as the Chancellor and she allows him a few discretions, ie, pocketing money for himself. Into this Court arrives Lieutenant (I think) William Eythe to warn Tallulah that she is in great danger – she already knows this but she fancies him and this is the driving force behind the film. I forget what rank he is in the army but you will understand my memory lapse once you have seen the film.

The film is a comedy and can be slightly over-the-top in terms of acting techniques, especially, William Eythe. The cast are all pretty good in their roles – Anne Baxter holds her own in scenes with Tallulah as her lady-in-waiting, but it is Tallulah's show and she doesn't disappoint in her delivery. Coburn is also good. However, other characters do grate slightly, especially at the beginning in a sequence with traitor General Sig Ruman (Vronsky) which goes on for too long, playing for humour and missing the mark. Also, Vincent Price turns up as a French diplomat affecting a shockingly bad French accent. Why?

Overall, the film is OK, funny in parts, but nothing great which is ultimately a disappointment as I was expecting better. A time-passer and chance to see Tallulah in action.


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