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Known for taking on a succession of lovers, Russian empress Catherine the Great (Tallulah Bankhead) begins a romance with dashing young military officer Lt. Alexei Chernoff (William Eythe). Alexei's fiancée, Countess Anna Jaschikoff (Anne Baxter), is understandably none too pleased about this, but supports her sweetheart's advancement. Meanwhile, Chancellor Nicolai Ilyitch (Charles Coburn) disapproves of the whole affair, and spars with Catherine about the ill-advised issue.

Cast & Crew

Tallulah Bankhead
Catherine the Great
Charles Coburn
Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
Anne Baxter
Countess Anna Jaschikoff
Vincent Price
Marquis de Fleury
Mikhail Rasumny
Drunken General
Sig Ruman
Gen. Ronsky
William Eythe
Lt. Alexei Chernoff
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Arthur C. Miller
Cinematographer
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director
Thomas Little
Set Decoration
René Hubert
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for A Royal Scandal

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

Audience Reviews for A Royal Scandal

  • Apr 17, 2015
    Quick on its feet, light to the touch (and perhaps without much of a destination planned), this bon bon is a delightful candy that while certainly not serious is a sure smile from a warm friend. The cast obviously relishes the smart script wherein innuendo and sly asides move the tale along briskly of a young military man who accidentally bumbles into the slight yet hairy intrigues of the court of Catherine the Great. This is one of those films where the fun the cast is having makes you slightly jealous for not being there to actually share in it. Coburn, Baxter, Eythe and Price glide merrily along, but make no doubt about it, this is Bankhead's picture.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2011
    Not to bad but sorely lacking "the Lubitsch touch".
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2009
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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