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Crimson Dynasty (1935)

Königsmark (original title)
Vignerte, a preceptor at the court of a German principality, falls in love with Princess Aurore, whose first husband died under mysterious circumstances. Vignerte suspects the deceased's brother to be responsible for the death.

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

André-Paul Antoine (scenario), Pierre Benoît (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Fresnay ... Raoul Vignerte
Elissa Landi ... Princess Aurore
John Lodge ... Grand Duke Frederick
Antonin Artaud ... Cyrus Back
Frank Vosper ... Maj. Baron de Boise
Jean-Max ... Le commandant de Boose
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Grand Duke Rodolphe
Romilly Lunge Romilly Lunge ... Lt de Hagen
Jean Yonnel Jean Yonnel ... Le grand-duc Rodolphe
Jean Debucourt ... Le lieutenant de Hagen
Marcelle Rogez Marcelle Rogez ... Comtesse Mélusine
Georges Prieur Georges Prieur ... Le prince Tumène
André Dubosc André Dubosc ... Le roi
Roger Puylagarde Roger Puylagarde ... Monsieur de Marçais
Clary Monthal Clary Monthal
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Vignerte, a preceptor at the court of a German principality, falls in love with Princess Aurore, whose first husband died under mysterious circumstances. Vignerte suspects the deceased's brother to be responsible for the death.

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

October 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimson Dynasty See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As 'Crimson Dynasty' this film received its initial USA telecast in New York City Wednesday 28 December 1949 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5); in Los Angeles it was first shown Monday 20 November 1950 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Version of The Secret Spring (1923) See more »

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The king's mark
3 December 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Sandwiched between "Justin de Marseille " and "Samson' in Maurice Tourneur's prolific career,"Konigsmark" is a pleasant extravaganza.Based on a Pierre Benoit Novel whose "l'Atlantide" had already been adapted by Pabst,it looks like the legionnaire's adventures in the aforementioned work;both stories try to link an imaginary (kitsch?)world to reality.The concept is better applied on "l'Atlantide" where the legionnaire's routine life is relatively believable.But ,in "Konigsmark" ,when WW1 breaks out ,it is impossible to believe that the world depicted in the court of grand duchess Aurore has something to do with Sarajevo and the impending disaster.

Forget the war and you have some kind of fairytale with a princess, an unfortunate husband,a traitor , a wicked fairy (Melusine!) ,a loyal private tutor (Pierre Fresnay!);spice with a murder mystery ;add a legend of long ago of an impossible love ,an impossible love which comes back like a curse hanging over Aurore and Raoul.And you have a nice story like movie,in a Gothic castle .

Word to the wise:if you like the genre ,try "813:Arsene Lupin Joue et Perd" a miniseries circa 1980 from Maurice Leblanc;it is much better than "Konigsmark"


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