Ernst Lubitsch's A Royal Scandal

A Royal Scandal (1945)

1h 34min. // In 18th century Russia, a naive and idealistic lieutenant, Alexei Chernoff, deserts his unit and rushes to the Imperial Palace to warn Empress Catherine the Great of great dangers. Lieutenant Chernoff’s fiancée, Countess Anna, is one of the ladies-in-waiting of the Empress. Upon forcing his way into the palace, lieutenant Chernoff meets Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch who promises to convey Chernoff’s warning to the Empress but Chernoff wants to meet the Empress in person. His fiancée is also surprised to see Chernoff inside the palace. When Chernoff finally meets the Empress, he’s mesmerized by her personality and swears to give his life to protect her. Catherine is impressed by his sense of sacrifice, innocence,sincerity, loyalty and also by his good looks.Infatuated with him, she makes him her boy-toy, to Anna’s dismay. Overnight, Chernoff is appointed Chief of the Imperial Guard and his rank is raised to captain, to major, to colonel, according to Empress Catherine’s romantic mood.


Directed by: Otto Preminger and Ernst Lubitsch

Writing Credits: Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay) and Bruno Frank (adaptation)

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead (as Catherine the Great), Charles Coburn (as Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch), Anne Baxter (as Countess Anna Jaschikoff) and William Eythe (as Lt. Alexei Chernoff)


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Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, and William Eythe in A Royal Scandal

Tallulah Bankhead, Anne Baxter, and William Eythe in A Royal Scandal


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