A Royal Scandal

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Movie Info

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.


Critic Reviews for A Royal Scandal

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…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A Royal Scandal, for all Miss Bankhead's presence, is an oddly dull and generally witless show.

    May 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn.

    Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Sep 11, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A few laughs, but Bankhead chews up the scenery and the pacing is off a beat.

    May 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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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