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A Royal Scandal

A Royal Scandal (1945)

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Ernst Lubitsch was the original director for A Royal Scandal, but illness forced him to bow out; his replacement was Otto Preminger, who did his utmost to retain the "Lubitsch touch." Based on a play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel, the film dwells upon a fictional incident in the life of Russia's Catherine the Great, here played with blue-blooded bawdiness by Tallulah Bankhead. Catherine falls in love with a handsome young army officer (William Eythe), who turns out to be an insurrectionist

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (4)

There are hints of what might have been in the performances of Coburn and Price.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A Royal Scandal, for all Miss Bankhead's presence, is an oddly dull and generally witless show.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Preminger has no ear for comedy. It comes across heavy-handed, while the political intrigue comes only to a small boil

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A few laughs, but Bankhead chews up the scenery and the pacing is off a beat.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
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Not to bad but sorely lacking "the Lubitsch touch".
February 12, 2011
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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 eve
July 8, 2009
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