- Tovarich (film)
name = Tovarich
caption = Claudette Colbert and
Charles Boyerin "Tovarich"
producer = Anatole Litvak
Jacques Deval (play)
Robert E. Sherwood
released = flagicon|USA
25 December 1937
runtime = 98 min
country = USA
language = English
amg_id = 1:114212
imdb_id = 029685
"Tovarich" (the Russian word for comrade) is a 1937
Warner Bros. comedy filmbased on the 1935play by Robert E. Sherwood. It was produced and directed by Anatole Litvakwith Robert Lord as associate producer and Hal B. Wallisand Jack L. Warneras executive producers. The screenplaywas by Casey Robinson from the French play by Jacques Deval adapted into English by Robert E. Sherwood. The music score was by Max Steinerand the cinematography by Charles Lang.
The film stars
Claudette Colbertand Charles Boyerwith Basil Rathbone, Anita Louise, Melville Cooper, Isabel Jeans, Morris Carnovskyand Curt Boisin his American debut role.
Russian Prince Mikail Alexandrovitch Ouratieff (Charles Boyer) and his wife, Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna (Claudette Colbert) flee from the Russian Revolution to
Pariswith the Czar's fortune, which he has entrusted to them for safekeeping. They keep the money in a bank, faithfully refusing to spend any of it for themselves. Then, destitute, they are forced to take jobs under false identities as butler and maid in the household of wealthy Charles Dupont (Melville Cooper), his wife Fermonde ( Isabel Jeans), and their children, Helene ( Anita Louise) and Georges (Maurice Murphy). After a shaky start, the servants gradually endear themselves to their employers. However, their secret is finally exposed when one of the guests at a dinner party, Soviet CommissarGorotchenko (Basil Rathbone), recognises them.
Main cast and characters
Other cast members
* This is the first Warner Bros. film to begin with the famous Warners fanfare, which was composed by Max Steiner.
* The original play by Jacques Deval opened in
Parison 13 October 1933. Robert E. Sherwood's English adaptation opened in Londonon 24 April 1935, (Melville Cooper reprised his stage role for the movie) and on Broadway on Oct 15, 1936, starring Marta Abba.
* The play was made into a Broadway musical "Tovarich" (1963) (Book by David Shaw, music by Lee Pockriss and lyrics by (Anne Croswell) starring
Vivien Leighand Jean-Pierre Aumont. It ran for 264 performances and won Leigh the Tony Awardfor Best Actress.
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