A Royal Scandal

Synopsis: In 18th century Russia,a naive and idealistic lieutenant,Alexei Chernoff, deserts his unit and rushes to the Imperial Palace to warn Empress Catherine the Great of great dangers.Lieutenant Chernoff's fiancée,Countess Anna,is one of the ladies-in-waiting of the Empress.Upon forcing his way into the palace, lieutenant Chernoff meets Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch who promises to convey Chernoff's warning to the Empress but Chernoff wants to meet the Empress in person.His fiancée is also surprised to see Chernoff inside the palace.When Chernoff finally meets the Empress,he's mesmerized by her personality and swears to give his life to protect her.Catherine is impressed by his sense of sacrifice,innocence,sincerity,loyalty and also by his good looks.Infatuated with him,she makes him her boy-toy,to Anna's dismay.Overnight,Chernoff is appointed Chief of the Imperial Guard and his rank is raised to captain,to major,to colonel,according to Empress Catherine's romantic mood.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

- I am thinking of him!

- He shot himself.

- The gifts he got!

The graft he took!

- How can you throw away such an opportunity?

- But I don't want to shoot myself.

He didn't shoot himself!

He missed! Missed himself! You understand?

But I wouldn't miss, Uncle. I'm a good shot.

- Imbecile!

- Look, Ronsky, this is very embarrassing.

It places us in a very peculiar situation.

We know he's the son of your favourite sister,

and you gave him your precious Arab steed

and the wolfhound dear to your heart.

But, just between ourselves,

don't you think he's too dumb?

How can he be too dumb?

Let us consider some of the former

Commanders of the Palace Guard.

For instance, Gorlokov couldn't read nor write.

- Bosnarovsky.

- Could read.

But not write.

- What about Dobrinsky?

- He could write.

- But nobody could read it.

- Oh, keep out of this!

I want to go back to the Ural Mountains.

And, friends, brothers,

if we get the guards in our hands...

- Let's drink to the uprising!

- Uprising!

Let us start big!

- To the revolution!

To the revolution!

I know exactly what Ronsky has in mind,

but that must never happen.

Malakoff, until the pact with France is signed,

we must not introduce Her Majesty

to any possible hostile elements.

We mustrt introduce her to anyone.

- By the way, where is that French ambassador?

- He left Warsaw two days ago.

I work my head off for an alliance with France,

and King Louis sends an ambassador!

A fine ambassador! Who wastes two days

in Warsaw with a little Polish dancer.

Oh, that Louis. He is really ruining France.

He's worse than Louis XIV.

And Louis XIV was worse than Louis Xlll.

That's the trouble with France - too many Louis.

Get after him!

- Who is that fellow?

- It's the third time it happened.

- Are you here again?

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Edwin Justus Mayer

Edwin Justus Mayer (November 8, 1896 – September 11, 1960) was an American screenwriter. He wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for 47 films between 1927 and 1958. Edwin Justus Mayer worked on many screenplays but he is remembered now for his work with Ernst Lubitsch. He worked with Lubitsch on the scripts for To Be or Not to Be (1942) and A Royal Scandal (1945). A Royal Scandal (1945) did poorly at the box office, but is considered by many as one of Lubitsch's finest films. more…

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