You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

A Royal Scandal

A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel.

Cast:
Tallulah Bankhead Charles Coburn Anne Baxter William Eythe Vincent Price Mischa Auer

A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel.

This version of Catherine the Great’s saga turns out to be a farce of real proportions, although never eclipsing the Czarina as an extremely vigorous personality, surrounded by palace intrigue and a parade of lovers. Ernst Lubitsch and director Otto Preminger have neatly interwoven the court intrigue with her w.k. amorous proclivities. The stream of captains of the palace guards is pointed up somewhat briskly.

Yarn concentrates on impetuous William Eythe, who has ridden three days and nights to warn the Czarina about two plotting generals. Because he admittedly is not tired after his strenuous ride, Catherine ignores his impetuosity and slight dumbness to have him await a nocturnal interview. That this interview is successful is borne out by subsequent events.

A Royal Scandal

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Otto Preminger; Producer Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Edwin Justus Mayer, Bruno Frank; Camera Arthur Miller; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Lyle R. Wheeler, Mark-Lee Kirk

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Tallulah Bankhead Charles Coburn Anne Baxter William Eythe Vincent Price Mischa Auer

More Film

  • Wonderstruck

    ‘Wonderstruck’ Colorist Joe Gawler on How Film's Multi-Period Look Was Created

    A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel. This version of Catherine the Great’s saga turns out to be a farce of real proportions, although never eclipsing the Czarina as an […]

  • Isle of Dogs

    Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson's Worlds

    A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel. This version of Catherine the Great’s saga turns out to be a farce of real proportions, although never eclipsing the Czarina as an […]

  • On Body and Soul Hungarian Movie

    Hungary's 'On Body and Soul' Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

    A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel. This version of Catherine the Great’s saga turns out to be a farce of real proportions, although never eclipsing the Czarina as an […]

  • 'Incredibles 2' Gets First Teaser Trailer

    'Incredibles 2' Gets First Teaser Trailer From Disney-Pixar

    A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel. This version of Catherine the Great’s saga turns out to be a farce of real proportions, although never eclipsing the Czarina as an […]

  • John Bailey Academy President

    Academy President John Bailey on Extending Oscars' Global Reach

    A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn, in particular, and the wit of the original play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel. This version of Catherine the Great’s saga turns out to be a farce of real proportions, although never eclipsing the Czarina as an […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content