Rasputin and the Empress Movie Review 1933

Information and Film Reviews for Rasputin and the Empress the Movie

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Lavish historical epic teamed the three Barrymore sibs for the first and only time, as they vied for scene-stealing honors. Ethel is Empress Alexandra of Russia, tied to the weak-willed Nicholas II (Morgan) and under the spell of Rasputin, played by Lionel. John is a nobleman who seeks to warn the Russian rulers of their perilous perch on the throne, made only worse by Rasputin's spreading power and corruption. Ethel's first talkie and Wynyard's first film role. Uncredited director Charles Brabin was replaced by Boleslawski due to his incompatability with the imperious Ethel.

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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 123 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Russian Revolution, Historical Drama, Royalty, Russian, Russia/USSR, Period Piece: 20th Century, Rabbi, Monks
Screenplay
Charles MacArthur
Cast
Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Morgan, Diana Wynyard, Tad Alexander, C. Henry Gordon, Edward Arnold, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Anne Shirley, Jean Parker, Henry Kolker
Cinematography
William H. Daniels
Director
Richard Boleslawski
Producer
Bernard H. Hyman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

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