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The Soldier and the Lady (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, History, Romance | 9 April 1937 (USA)
A Russian courier struggles to deliver a message to the troops fighting Tartar invaders.

Director:

George Nichols Jr. (as George Nicholls Jr.)

Writers:

Jules Verne (from the novel "Michael Strogoff" by), Anthony Veiller (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anton Walbrook ... Michael Strogoff
Elizabeth Allan ... Nadia
Akim Tamiroff ... Ogareff
Margot Grahame ... Zangarra
Fay Bainter ... Strogoff's Mother
Eric Blore ... Blount
Edward Brophy ... Packer
Paul Guilfoyle ... Vasiley
William Stack William Stack ... Grand Duke
Paul Harvey ... Tsar
Michael Visaroff ... Innkeeper
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A Russian courier struggles to deliver a message to the troops fighting Tartar invaders.

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Introducing HOLLYWOOD'S NEW STAR...the screen's new and dangerous lover---(original poster)) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandit and the Lady See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System) (as R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO bought the rights to the French version Michel Strogoff (1936) for $75,000, and specifically signed its star Anton Walbrook so that they could use some scenes from that movie. About 22 scenes were edited into the new version, including Siberia footage, battle footage, Tartar camps and the river on fire. The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that the new footage shot blended perfectly with the old footage. See more »

Quotes

Cart Driver: I take your money, you take a walk.
Henry Blount: I say, but that's most frightfully one sided.
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Opening credits: 1870 During the reign of Tsar Alexander II, the fate of the Russian Empire was threatened by a great Tartar uprising in Siberia ...... See more »

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Version of Michael Strogoff (1910) See more »

Soundtracks

Polovtsian Dances
(1870) (uncredited)
from opera "Prince Igor"
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Played in the Tartar camp and danced by women and then by men
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Heavily dated
22 October 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE ADVENTURES OF MICHAEL STROGOFF (aka THE SOLDIER AND THE LADY) is a strange little movie. At first glance it's an American production, but then it turns out to be a version of a French version of a German movie. Confused yet? In essence, lots of footage is taken from the European original(s) with some added-in sub-plots involving a couple of comic relief characters commentating on the action.

The film is a fairly typical swashbuckler for the era, ostensibly based on a Jules Verne story. The fact that it involves the Russian Empire makes for a refreshing change, but otherwise it's business as usual. The bad guys are dastardly and of the moustache-twirling variety while the hero is put through the mill during the course of the production.

There are certainly some rousing bits of spectacle along the way, including well-filmed horse and carriage chases. The ending is inevitably stirring, with a nice twist. Strogoff gets the chance to indulge in some fisticuffs with a bear and is later subjected to a torture scene straight out of a FU MANCHU movie. It's all heavily dated so only those with a nostalgic eye for the era will likely enjoy it.


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