The Scarlet Empress

1934, Biography, 1h 44m

28 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Complex, visually stunning, and breathtakingly intense, The Scarlet Empress overpowers its flaws with a confident vigor befitting its legendary subject. Read critic reviews

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During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica (Marlene Dietrich), who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter (Sam Jaffe), the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei (John Lodge), and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

Cast & Crew

Marlene Dietrich
Princess Sophia Frederica, Catherine II
John Lodge
Count Alexei
Sam Jaffe
Grand Duke Peter
Philip Sleeman
Count Lestoq
Louise Dresser
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
C. Aubrey Smith
Prince August
Emanuel Cohen
Executive Producer
W. Franke Harling
Original Music
Bernhard Kaun
Original Music
John Leipold
Original Music
Oscar Potoker
Original Music
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer
Sam Winston
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