The Scarlet Empress

USA, 1934

Director: Josef von Sternberg

Production: Paramount Pictures, Inc.; black and white, 35mm; running time: 109 minutes. Released 7 September 1934.

Screenplay: Josef von Sternberg, adapted from a diary of Catherine the Great by Manuel Komroff; photography: Bert Glennon; production designers: Hans Dreier, Peter Balbusch, and Richard Kollorsz; music arrangers: John Leipold and W. Frank Harling; additional music: Josef von Sternberg; special effects: Gordon Jennings; costume designer: Travis Banton.

Cast: Marlene Dietrich (Sophia Fredericka, or Catherine II); John Lodge (Count Alexei); Sam Jaffe (Grand-Duke Pierre); Louise Dresser (Elizabeth); Maria Sieber (Catherine as a child); C. Aubrey Smith (Prince August); Ruthelma Stevens (Countess Elizabeth); Olive Tell (Princess Johanna); Gavin Gordon (Gregory Orloff); Jameson Thomas (Lieutenant Ovtsyn); Hans Von Twardowski (Ivan Shuvolov); Erville Anderson (Chancelor Bestuchef); Marie Wells (Marie); Edward Van Sloan (Herr Wagner).

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