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Song of Russia (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | February 1944 (USA)
In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »

Directors:

Gregory Ratoff, Laslo Benedek (uncredited)

Writers:

Paul Jarrico (screenplay), Richard Collins (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... John Meredith
Susan Peters ... Nadya Stepanova
John Hodiak ... Boris Bulganov
Robert Benchley ... Hank Higgins
Felix Bressart ... Petrov
Michael Chekhov ... Ivan Stepanov
Darryl Hickman ... Peter Bulganov
Jacqueline White ... Anna Bulganov
Patricia Prest Patricia Prest ... Stasha Bulganov
Joan Lorring ... Sonia
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Alexander Meschkov
Leo Mostovoy Leo Mostovoy ... Yanovich
Leo Bulgakov ... Professor Faber
Zoia Karabanova Zoia Karabanova ... Natasha Bulganov
Konstantin Shayne ... Wounded Soldier (as Konstantine Shayne)
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Storyline

In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village. Written by Larry B.

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balada Oriental See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the subject of inquiry by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in October 1947. Testimony as to the distortions of Soviet life presented in the film was provided by Ayn Rand, screenwriter and author of "The Fountainhead" and 'Atlas Shrugged". Rand was born in Russia, but left in 1926. Rand derided the depictions of Russian peasants who owned radios and had access to long distance telephones as well as showing a "traditional Russian wedding dance' with peasant women doing the Charleston with spiked heels in church. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set during the German invasion of Russia in 1941, uniforms and equipment shown in both the stock footage and the American-filmed scenes are largely from the period of 1943-44, when the film was made. Of particular note are the helmets and rank insignia which are indicative of this later era. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Music Goes Round and Round
(1935)
Music by Edward Farley and Mike Riley
Lyrics by Red Hodgson
Played by a band in a Moscow nightclub and sung by Adia Kuznetzoff and others in English and Russian
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Susan Peters!! and the way things had-to-be
2 April 2004 | by chureiSee all my reviews

Revisionist history can prove unfortunate. There is very little that moves along with apparent 'truth' in this film, BUT it was made at a critical time in our history -- a time when it was necessary to create unity between those fighting the horrors of Nazism. No, the film is not a very good one, but it is a formidable piece of history and should be watched with the adult comprehension of the time. And there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for the wreckage wrought by McCarthy-Cohn and their henchpeople during the Red Scare era that destroyed lives!! No excuse at all. As for SONG OF RUSSIA, it should also survive as a reminder of the screen aura of Susan Peters. (As for her true abilities, watch this one and then SIGN OF THE RAM!!) Along with the obvious propoganda about the 'perfect' society of the USSR, the worst part of this film, of course, is the usually awful performance of Robert Taylor, whose post-War attitudes were those of a true coward, as well as a lousy actor.


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