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Uncle Vanya (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 December 1957 (USA)
A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still ... See full summary »

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Anton Chekhov (play), Stark Young (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Franchot Tone ... Dr. Mikhail Lvovich Astroff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clarence Derwent Clarence Derwent ... Serebriakoff
Dolores Dorn ... Elena Andreevna
Shirley Gale Shirley Gale ... Voinitskaya
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... Telegin
Peggy McCay ... Sofia
Mary Perry Mary Perry ... Marina
Sanford Seeger Sanford Seeger ... A Workman
George Voskovec ... Voinitsky (Uncle Vanya)
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A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still live there and manage the farm. For many years the brother (Uncle Vanya) has sent the farm's proceeds to the professor, while receiving only a small salary himself. Sonya, the professor's daughter, who is about the same age as his new wife, also lives on the estate. The professor is pompous, vain, and irritable. He calls the doctor (Astrov) to treat his gout, only to send him away without seeing him. Astrov is an experienced physician who performs his job conscientiously, but has lost all idealism and spends much of his time drinking. The presence of Yelena introduces a bit of sexual tension into the household. Astrov and Uncle Vanya both fall in love with Yelena; she spurns them both. Meanwhile, Sonya is in love with Astrov, who fails even to notice her. Finally, when the professor announces he wants...

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13 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Jaded Russian Aristocrats
8 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm not particularly thrilled with Uncle Vanya the play itself from Chekhov, I think The Cherry Orchard is a far better, clearer, and more concise work, still this production must have been a real labor of love for its star Franchot Tone. Tone takes the supporting role here of Dr. Astrov who takes care of the title character played by George Voskovec. Voskovec is probably best remembered for being one of the 12 Angry Men.

During his time with MGM and subsequent studios Tone tried desperately to vary his casting. Louis B. Mayer refused to see him as dashing man about town in full formal wear or just a dinner jacket.

Tone in New York City was a member of the Group players and ached to do serious dramatic work like Uncle Vanya on the scree . He left Hollywood in 1951 after Frank Capra's Here Comes The Groom to pursue the roles he wanted on stage and the small screen. He would not be on the big screen until Advise And Consent.

As for the play itself it's the story about a bunch of rather jaded aristocrats who are unhappy because they made bad choices romantically. The estate they live and/or hang out at is about to be sold. Their problems seem pretty trivial as compared to be burgeoning peasant revolution.

This version of Uncle Vanya is a great example of TV drama and Franchot Tone was finally doing things he wanted to do. But it's not the best of Chekhov's work.


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