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Knight Without Armor (1937)

Knight Without Armour (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 23 July 1937 (USA)
After two years as a Czarist British agent posing as a Russian Commissar, he rescues a Russian countess from her Bolshevik captors.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

James Hilton (from the novel by), Frances Marion (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Alexandra
Robert Donat ... A.J. Fothergill
Irene Vanbrugh ... Duchess
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Vladinoff
Austin Trevor ... Colonel Adraxine
Basil Gill ... Axelstein
David Tree ... Maronin
John Clements John Clements ... Poushkoff
Frederick Culley Frederick Culley ... Stanfield
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Forrester
Dorice Fordred Dorice Fordred ... The Maid
Franklyn Kelsey Franklyn Kelsey ... Tomsky (as Franklin Kelsey)
Laurence Baskcomb Laurence Baskcomb ... Commissar (as Lawrence Baskcomb)
Hay Petrie ... Station Master
Miles Malleson ... Drunken Red Commissar (as Miles Malieson)
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Storyline

Because he can pass as a Russian, A.J. Fothergill is recruited to spy on the revolutionary movement in Russia in 1913. He becomes imprisoned in Siberia, as a revolutionary, until the 1917 uprisings. Amid the turmoil of the civil war between the red and white armies, he tries to flee Russia along with the beautiful Countess Alexandra. Written by Will Gilbert

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The woman of flame -- the man of steel -- together !


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knight Without Armor See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting, Robert Donat had a severe attack of asthma and the film was delayed for almost a month. The producers wanted to replace him, but Marlene Dietrich refused. According to Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, Marlene Dietrich waived her salary during Robert Donat's illness and nursed him until he was well enough to return to filming. See more »

Goofs

When Robert Donat enters the train station with the stationmaster, the shadows of the camera and crew are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

British Host at Train Station: Goodbye, Your Excellency. I'm sorry you can't stay for shooting.
Vladinoff: Oh, thanks. But, there's plenty of shooting where I'm going.
British Host at Train Station: Bears? Wolves?
Vladinoff: No, everything. Even Ministers.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: ASCOT 1913 See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Alexandra's Song
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
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A vulnerable Dietrich is really a delight
21 April 2009 | by gerdeen-1See all my reviews

It takes place in Russia, but otherwise this film is a long way from "The Scarlet Empress." Marlene Dietrich, playing an aristocrat who is targeted by the Bolsheviks, does not display her usual tough persona. She's warm, human, almost innocent, not to mention gorgeous. No wonder so many of the male characters take great risks and even betray their beliefs to help her. Robert Donat's character, the man who wins her heart, is a British agent operating under deep cover, originally assigned to infiltrate radical groups in Czarist Russia. Caught up in World War I and the Russian Revolution, he is cut off from contact with his spy bosses for years. Alone and then with his lady love, he has a remarkable series of adventures. The story is sweeping, fast-paced and intelligent, making "Knight Without Armour" one of the best movies in English about this turbulent period in Russian history. As some other commentators have noted, it is not propagandistic. Czarist Russia is shown as an often unjust and corrupt place, but also tormented by mindless radical terrorism. The Bolsheviks who later seize power are a mix of idealists, thugs and fanatics, with the fanatics on their way to gaining the upper hand. You don't have to care about Russia to enjoy this movie. If you like intelligent thrills, you ought to see it.


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