A Royal Scandal (1945)
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Based on a play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyal, this film dwells upon a fictional incident in the life of Russia's Catherine the Great. Catherine falls in love with a handsome young army officer, who turns out to be an insurrectionist planning her downfall.
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Critic Reviews for A Royal Scandal
There are hints of what might have been in the performances of Coburn and Price.
A Royal Scandal, for all Miss Bankhead's presence, is an oddly dull and generally witless show.
A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn.
Preminger has no ear for comedy. It comes across heavy-handed, while the political intrigue comes only to a small boil
A few laughs, but Bankhead chews up the scenery and the pacing is off a beat.
Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, but a strange anti-climax for Preminger after the brilliance of Laura, and a sad mark of Lubitsch's declining powers.
Audience Reviews for A Royal Scandal
it's hardly a history lesson and only mildly diverting, retaining a little of the lubitsch charm even under the heavy-handed direction of otto preminger. the main point of interest here is the notorious tallulah bankhead playing catherine the great, in one of only a handful of leading roles in her film career. ms. bankhead was a celebrity before the cult of celebrity, a sensation on the stage, who famously hated making films and only came to hollywood 'to fuck that divine gary cooper.' her presence never quite translated to the screen altho her out-sized personality inspired characters from margo channing to cruella deville. ms bankhead was 42 when she made this film, part of a two picture deal with lifeboat, her most famous screen performance. also starring vincent price in a very small role and anne baxter, who later played eve harrington opposite bette davis doing her best bankhead in all about eveMore
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