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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."
A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn.
interesting cast not much acting for Bankhead but the Lubitsch touch is in effect!
An all-star cast didn't save this very chatty comedic picture from imploding onto itself. Strictly for fans of Ms. Bankhead, dahhhling.
Not to bad but sorely lacking "the Lubitsch touch".
A Romantic Comedy directed by the Master Ernst Lubitsch about the Russian Empress Catherine II who now to play with the Men to evade the Revolution allthough surrounded by Traitors
Very silly but with a very clever script and beautiful costumes and sets.
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