Balalaika (1939)




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In this romantic musical, a Russian prince sees a lovely singer in a town cafe and falls head-over-heels. Realizing that he cannot be seen with her in royal garb, he masquerades as a worker. Later he secretly arranges for her to sing at the Imperial Opera. Unfortunately, his father the emperor is wounded that night by the wicked Reds. The girl's father is among the would-be assassins. Years pass. Just before the dawn of WWII, the girl and her family are exiled to Siberia while the former prince heads for Paris to become a famous nightcub singer. When revolution erupts in Russia, the girl is freed and the lovers are eventually reunited.

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Nelson Eddy
as Prince Peter Karagin
Ilona Massey
as Lydia Pavlovna Marakova
Frank Morgan
as Ivan Danchenoff
Charlie Ruggles
as Nicki Popoff
Lionel Atwill
as Prof. Marakov
C. Aubrey Smith
as Gen. Karagin
Joyce Compton
as Masha, Lydia's Maid
Dalies Frantz
as Dimitri Marakov
Walter Woolf King
as Capt. Sibirsky
Phillip Terry
as Lt. Smirnoff
Frederic Worlock
as Dr. Ramensky
Arthur W. Cernitz
as Capt. Pavloff
Roland Varno
as Lt. Nikitin
George Tobias
as Slaski, the Counterman
William Costello
as Capt. Testoff
Paul Irving
as Prince Morodin
Mildred Shay
as Jeanette Sibirsky
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Danchenoff
Zeffie Tilbury
as Princess Morodin
Lee Phelps
as Doorman
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Mediocre operetta starring Nelson Eddy about the Soviet revolution

Jul 29, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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