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The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 2 July 1937 (USA)
A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's identity and fall in love.

Director:

George Fitzmaurice (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)

Writers:

Baroness Emmuska Orczy (book) (as Baroness Orczy), Harold Goldman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Baron Stephan Wolensky
Luise Rainer ... Countess Olga Mironova
Robert Young ... Grand Duke Peter
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Maria Orlich
Frank Morgan ... Col. Baron Suroff
Henry Stephenson ... Prince Johann
Bernadene Hayes ... Mitzi Reisenbach
Donald Kirke ... Anton - the Thief
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mr. Korum - a Conspirator (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. Malchor - a Conspirator
Ian Wolfe ... Leon - a Conspirator (as Ien Wulf)
Barnett Parker ... Albert - Stephan's Butler
Frank Reicher ... Pavloff
Bert Roach ... Hotel Clerk
Paul Porcasi ... Santuzzi
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Storyline

A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's identity and fall in love.

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Drama that will toy with your heart


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventure for Three See more »

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Budget:

$620,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $259,000 ($4,383,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When the Baron is in bed reading the letter and getting details from Mr. Korum, the amount of brandy in his glass diminishes significantly inexplicably without him drinking it. See more »

Quotes

Countess Olga Mironova: Were you nice looking?
Baron Stephan Wolensky: When?
Countess Olga Mironova: When you were young.
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Soundtracks

Two Guitars
Old Gypsy folk song
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Fascinating as cinema history, thoroughly enjoyable as cinema
13 January 2009 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Perhaps because I was not very familiar with Luise Rainier performances (beyond "The Good Earth," which movie I didn't like), I was impressed by her in "The Emperor's Candlesticks." I use the conditional because of comments by others here.

Nevertheless, I found her charming, even entrancing.

William Powell gave his usual masterful best and all the other players were intriguing.

There were lots of "other players," too, and that each managed to be individualistic speaks of their own talents and of that of the director and script writer.

The movie was well directed, generally, and the script presented a view of a world long gone that we might otherwise never get to see.

It's a good yarn, with meshing stories of intrigue, and an adventure of an international race against the clock.

I recommend this as a must-see movie on many levels.


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