A Royal Scandal (1945) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Tallulah Bankhead
as Catherine the Great
Charles Coburn
as Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
Anne Baxter
as Countess Anna Jaschikoff
William Eythe
as Lt. Alexei Chernoff
Vincent Price
as Marquis de Fleury
Mischa Auer
as Capt. Sukov
Sig Rumann
as Gen. Ronsky
Mikhail Rasumny
as Drunken General
Don Douglas
as Variatinsky
Donald Douglas
as Variatinsky
Egon Brecher
as Wassilikow
Eva Gabor
as Countess Demidow
Torben Meyer
as Stooge
Arno Frey
as Captain
Harry Carter
as Footman
Mario Gang
as Lackey
Eugene Sigaloff
as Russian General
Ann Hunter
as Ladies in Waiting
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Critic Reviews for A Royal Scandal

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A Royal Scandal, for all Miss Bankhead's presence, is an oddly dull and generally witless show.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Preminger has no ear for comedy. It comes across heavy-handed, while the political intrigue comes only to a small boil

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A few laughs, but Bankhead chews up the scenery and the pacing is off a beat.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
TV Guide

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Not to bad but sorely lacking "the Lubitsch touch".

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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