The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)

Director
Alexander Korda

Main cast
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; Elisabeth Bergner; Flora Robson; Griffith Jones; Gibb McLaughlin

Genres
Drama, Foreign, Romance

Description
In 1745 a German princess, renamed Catherine, arrives to marry Grand Duke Peter of Russia, whom she initially likes. But his suspicious, unstable nature gradually estranges them, and Peter finds solace with pretty courtiers. Catherine invents her own (fictitious) lovers, temporarily improving matters. Alas, accession to the throne brings out the worst in Peter, and loyal Catherine is urged to assume power.


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