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I Stand Condemned (1935)

Moscow Nights (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 1 July 1936 (USA)
During World War I, Russian Captain Ivan Ignatoff falls in love with his nurse, Natasha Kovrin. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Pierre Benoît (novel), Erich Seipmann (screenplay) (as Eric Sietmann) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Baur ... Peter Brioukow
Penelope Dudley-Ward ... Natasha Kovrin
Laurence Olivier ... Capt. Ivan Ignatoff
Athene Seyler ... Madame Anna Sabline
Lilian Braithwaite ... Countess
Morton Selten ... Gen. Kovrin
Sam Livesey ... Fedor (as Sam Livesay)
Robert Cochran Robert Cochran ... Polonsky
Hay Petrie ... Spy
Walter Hudd ... The Doctor
Kate Cutler ... Madame Kovrin
C.M. Hallard C.M. Hallard ... President of Court Martial (as Charles Hallard)
Charles Carson ... Officer of Defense
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Officer of Prosecution
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Brioukow's Servant
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During World War I, Russian Captain Ivan Ignatoff falls in love with his nurse, Natasha Kovrin. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy industrialist of peasant stock. Brioukow is unjustifiably jealous, since Natasha has not betrayed him. He forces Ignatoff into his debt as a means of humiliating him. When Ignatoff's new friend, Madame Sabline, offers to pay his debt, preventing his ruin, Ignatoff comes quickly to realize that Madame Sabline has an ulterior motive, one that could prove to be dangerous to more lives than just Ignatoff's. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Watch him as he stands there...the profit-stuffed millionaire, crossed for the first time by a man and woman in love. See hate and treachery mount his face as the court-martial waits for his evidence! (original USA ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Stand Condemned See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Natalia "Natasha" Kovrin was born in 1897. See more »

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Not a great film, but an intriguing one.
23 June 2005 | by rweaselSee all my reviews

Moscow Nights is not a superb film, but it is studded with so many jewels and excellences that one feels guilty criticising it. Probably the worst that one can say is that Penelope Dudley-Ward, no matter how hard she tries, always looks like she should be at Croydon, waiting to board a Hanley-Paige for India, not playing a nurse named Natasha.

The plot is sometimes a bit thin, and one cannot help but wonder why the film was set in Russia. Still, it seems one of the wave of espionage films that confronted British audiences following Hitler's accession in 1933.

The appearance of Anthony Quayle adds interest, and Harry Bauer does a very creditable job as the film's villain. Olivier is brilliant as the young officer, who, although the hero, is something of a cad - in contradistinction to Bauer's character, who though a boor, is also something of a hero. There are wonderful settings, views and scenes that clearly show Asquith's grasp of Hollywood technique. In many ways, it is more Hollywood than Hollywood.

Is Miss Kovrin a presentiment of Miss Froy in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes?


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