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Catherine the Great (1934)





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This historical drama recounts the events that led up to the rule of Russia's 18th-century Catherine the Great. Arriving from Germany as a young woman who is to wed Grand Duke Peter, she soon becomes caught up in the court intrigue and marries the lit-fuse duke. As the Grand Duke's mother lays dying, she relates her fears about her son's mental states, leaving Catherine to contend with his irrational and cruel behavior. When he goes too far with his antics, he is overthrown and put to death, though not by her wishes. Soon, however, Catherine is made the new Czaritza and restores order to her country. Elisabeth Bergner stars with Douglas Fairbanks in this British production.


Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
as Grand Duke Peter
Flora Robson
as Empress Elisabeth
Irene Vanbrugh
as Princess Anhalt-Zerbst
Griffith Jones
as Gregory Orlov
Joan Gardner
as Katuschenka
Dorothy Hale
as Countess Elizabeth
Gibb McLaughlin
as Bestujhev
Lawrence Hanray
as Goudovitch
Allan Jeayes
as Col. Karnilov
Diana Napier
as Countess Elizabeth
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

In case you were wondering how Catherine the Great got that way, here is one version.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Elizabeth Bergner gives a brilliant performance as Catherine of Russia. The picture is produced on a lavish scale, and settings and photography are excellent.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Truly flat historical drama. See The Scarlet Empress instead.

February 11, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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