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Moscow Nights (1935)

During World War I, Russian Captain Ivan Ignatoff falls in love with his nurse, Natasha Kovrin. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy ... See full summary »

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Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Pierre Benoît (novel), Erich Seipmann (screenplay) (as Eric Sietmann) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Harry Baur ... Peter Brioukow
Penelope Dudley-Ward ... Natasha Kovrin
Laurence Olivier ... Capt. Ivan Ignatoff
Athene Seyler ... Madame Anna Sabline
Lilian Braithwaite Lilian Braithwaite ... Countess
Morton Selten ... Gen. Kovrin
Sam Livesey ... Fedor (as Sam Livesay)
Robert Cochran Robert Cochran ... Polonsky
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Spy
Walter Hudd ... The Doctor
Kate Cutler Kate Cutler ... Madame Kovrin
C.M. Hallard C.M. Hallard ... President of Court Martial (as Charles Hallard)
Charles Carson ... Officer of Defense
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Officer of Prosecution
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Brioukow's Servant
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During World War I, Russian Captain Ivan Ignatoff falls in love with his nurse, Natasha Kovrin. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy industrialist of peasant stock. Brioukow is unjustifiably jealous, since Natasha has not betrayed him. He forces Ignatoff into his debt as a means of humiliating him. When Ignatoff's new friend, Madame Sabline, offers to pay his debt, preventing his ruin, Ignatoff comes quickly to realize that Madame Sabline has an ulterior motive, one that could prove to be dangerous to more lives than just Ignatoff's. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1936 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Stand Condemned See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Natalia "Natasha" Kovrin was born in 1897. See more »

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Remake of Les nuits moscovites (1934) See more »

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interesting early Asquith film with Olivier
11 February 2016 | by segloraSee all my reviews

This early Asquith film is set in Imperial Russia during World War I. Olivier plays a Russian officer (Ignatoff) who is recuperating in a military hospital, where he is looked after by a nurse, Natasha (Dudley-Ward). She is already engaged to Brioukow, a rich merchant of peasant stock, played by Harry Baur. This is a sentimental wartime drama with an interwoven minor spy plot. Its main interest lies in Olivier's performance .He was to repeat a Russian role but now with heavy Russian accent in "The Demi-Paradise" (1943), also made by Asquith. Harry Baur was a great French actor who starred in many films by some of the most famous directors before World War II. He was tortured to death by the Gestapo in 1943. He was most excellent in "Poil de carotte" (1932), Julien Duvivier's masterpiece. In this film, however, he is prone to a certain overacting and he is not helped by having been dressed up to look like Rasputin, although he is not really villainous in this role. Film buffs will be interested to note that there is an uncredited short appearance by Anthony Quayle in his debut on the silver screen.


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