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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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Storyline

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 »

Company Credits

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

According to legend, Garbo agreed to star in the film after Bankhead had been signed. However, Garbo had been off the screen for 3 years, and Bankhead was considered "hot" for her performance in Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"' so she kept the part. See more »

Quotes

Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch: He's worse than Louis XIV. And Louis XIV was worse than Louis XIII. That's the trouble with France. Too many Louis's.
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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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Now that's an eye-popper!
15 December 2017 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

If you're looking for an example of a movie that really throws everything at you, "A Royal Scandal" is it. The movie focuses on Catherine the Great's romance with a young officer amid all manner of intrigue in 1700s Russia. Of course, since the movie is Ernst Lubitsch's brainchild, there's lots of comedy and the occasional violation of social propriety. Lubitsch fell ill, so Otto Preminger took over the task of directing, but the movie is no less enjoyable.

Scholars of Russia will probably object to the comical tone, as well as the screwy transliterations and the repeated mispronunciation of Alexei Chernoff's name. But if one accepts the movie as simply an excuse for Talullah Bankhead to overact to the fullest extent, then there's a great time to be had watching it. I recommend it.


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