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Rasputin and the Empress (1932) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Charles Brabin and Richard Boleslawski and produced by Irving Thalberg and Bernard H. Hyman.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

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Best WritingCharles MacArthurNominated
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RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS ( 1932 )

By Crystal Kalyana on Mar 30, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

ETHEL BARRYMORE MONTH RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS ( 1932 ) When I first became an avid fan of the Barrymore’s, one of the films I collected was “Rasputin And The Empress”, a lavish?landmark film featuring the Barrymore trilogy, Ethel, John and Lionel. It’s a very enthralling mov... Read full article


A Rasputin Two-fer: Rasputin and the Empress (1932) & Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

By Clayton on May 19, 2014 From Phantom Empires

A Rasputin Two-fer: Rasputin and the Empress (1932) & Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) 5/19/2014 0 Comments What person even slightly interested in history doesn't know those eyes? Burning and possessing, they drill into one's ... Read full article


Rasputin and the Empress, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Friday, December 23rd, 1932 (2)

By C. S. Williams on Dec 23, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

The only that all three of the royal acting family appeared in the same film.... Read full article


Rasputin and the Empress, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Friday, December 23rd, 1932

By C. S. Williams on Dec 23, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

The only that all three of the royal acting family appeared in the same film.... Read full article


Rasputin and the Empress, Happy Anniversary! Premiered, Friday, December 23rd, 1932

By C. S. Williams on Dec 23, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

The only that all three of the royal acting family appeared in the same film.... Read full article


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Annoyed that his brother John Barrymore was trying to show him up by placing his hand on him while he was finishing a scene (an ancient actor's technique for drawing attention to oneself), Lionel Barrymore excused himself from the set and went to the back lot to find a telephone. He then phoned the set and told director Richard Boleslawski that "he'd better advise Mr. John Barrymore to not place his hand on me at the close of this scene, lest I lay one on him!" By the time Lionel returned to the set, John has been advised to keep his hands to himself.
The model for the character of Princess Natasha in the movie was Princess Irina Romanoff Youssoupoff. She filed a lawsuit against Thalberg and MGM, claiming invasion of privacy and libel in portraying her as a mistress and, later, a rape victim of Grigory Rasputin. She won an award of $127,373 in an English court and an out-of-court settlement in New York with MGM, reportedly $1 million. As a result of the success of Princess Youssoupoff's lawsuit against MGM over this movie, Hollywood studios began inserting the disclaimer "This motion picture is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental" in the credits of virtually every film released since.
Dr. William Axt, MGM's musical director, brought together all the Greek and Russian orthodox church choirs in Los Angeles to sing at the celebration mass at the start of the movie.
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