A Royal Scandal (1945)
as Catherine the Great
as Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
as Countess Anna Jaschikoff
as Lt. Alexei Chernoff
as Marquis de Fleury
as Capt. Sukov
as Gen. Ronsky
as Drunken General
as Countess Demidow
as Russian General
as Ladies in Waiting
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
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.
You stupid son of a half-whitted father! In 19th century Russia, Catherine the great begins an affair with a royal officer. The officer is a good man with ideals to make life better for his people, but he over steps his boundaries which leads to a fall out with the queen. The queen respects the officer, but does she respect him enough to save his life and position? "You are just where you belong and you're getting just what you deserve." Otto Preminger, director of Laura, Anatomy of Murder, The Man with the Golden Arm, Exodus, Skidoo, Bunny Lake is Missing, Angel Face, and Whirlpool, delivers Royal Scandal. The storyline for this picture is fairly interesting and contains eccentric and unpredictable characters. I did like the script, settings, and costumes a lot in this film. The acting was also very good and the cast includes Charles Coburn, Vincent Price, Tallulah Bankhead, Anne Baxter, and Mischa Auer. "I am the law." I DVR'd this movie because it starred the great Vincent Price and was directed by the underrated Otto Preminger. This movie was not my favorite film by either of them, but it was an interesting tale to watch unfold. Overall, this may not be worth adding to your DVD collection, but it is definitely worth a viewing. "Keep on idolizing me and shut up." Grade: B
Not to bad but sorely lacking "the Lubitsch touch".
Discuss A Royal Scandal on our Movie forum!