GenreComedy, Drama, History Duration CountryUnited States
Otto Preminger WriterLajos Biro, Melchior Lengyel, Bruno Frank, Edwin Justus Mayer Release dateApril 11, 1945 (1945-04-11) DirectorsOtto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch ScreenplayEdwin Justus Mayer, Bruno Frank CastTallulah Bankhead (Catherine the Great), Charles Coburn (Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch), Anne Baxter (Countess Anna Jaschikoff), William Eythe (Lt. Alexei Chernoff), Vincent Price (Marquis de Fleury), Mischa Auer (Capt. Sukov) Similar moviesSofía, The King's Speech, William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, William & Kate, Felipe y Letizia, Mary: The Making of a Princess
TaglineSaucy! Naughty! Delicious!
1945 a royal scandal
A Royal Scandal, also known as Czarina, is a 1945 film about the love life of Russian Empress (Czarina) Catherine the Great. It stars Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Anne Baxter, and William Eythe. The film was based on the play Die Zarin (The Czarina) by Lajos Bíró and Melchior Lengyel.
Catherine discards her latest lover, Variatinsky, the commander of the palace guard. General Ronsky schemes to have his oafish nephew Boris (an uncredited Grady Sutton) be his replacement, so he and his cabal can stage an uprising and dethrone the Czarina. Catherine's chancellor, Nicolai Ilyitch, is determined to see to it that nothing disturbs his delicate negotiations for a treaty with France, so he tells his underling Malakoff he does not want anybody new to see her majesty. However, a determined young officer, Alexei Chernoff, insists on an audience with her for the sake of Russia.
Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine the Great
Charles Coburn as Chancellor Nicolai Ilyitch
Anne Baxter as Countess Anna Jaschikoff
William Eythe as Lieutenant/Captain/Major/General/Private Alexei Chernoff
Vincent Price as Marquis de Fleury
Mischa Auer as Captain Sukov
Sig Ruman as General Michael Nicolai Vladimirovich Ronsky
Vladimir Sokoloff as Malakoff
Mikhail Rasumny as Drunken General
Ernst Lubitsch was the initial director, but fell ill and had to be replaced by Otto Preminger. However, Lubitsch directed the rehearsals, and he worked with Edwin Justus Mayer in the scripting process. A Royal Scandal is a remake of Lubitsch's silent film Forbidden Paradise. All of the scenes were developed under Lubitsch. So it is considered a "Lubitsch film".