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Three Russian Girls (1943)

The Soviet Union, just after the Nazi invasion in 1941. Natasha is a Red Cross volunteer who is dispatched to a field hospital located in an old pre-revolution mansion. The American test ... See full summary »


Henry S. Kesler (as Henry Kesler), Fyodor Otsep (as Fedor Ozep)


Maurice Clark (adaptation), Dan James (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Anna Sten ... Natasha
Kent Smith ... John Hill
Mimi Forsythe Mimi Forsythe ... Tamara
Alexander Granach ... Major Braginski
Kathy Frye ... Chijik
Paul Guilfoyle ... Trishin
Kane Richmond ... Sergei
Manart Kippen Manart Kippen ... Doctor
Jack Gardner Jack Gardner ... Misha
Marcia Lenack Marcia Lenack ... Shoora
Mary Herriot Mary Herriot ... Zina
Marianne Stewart ... Olga (as Anna Marie Stewart)
Dorothy Gray Dorothy Gray ... Manya
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Terkin (as Feodor Chaliapin)


The Soviet Union, just after the Nazi invasion in 1941. Natasha is a Red Cross volunteer who is dispatched to a field hospital located in an old pre-revolution mansion. The American test pilot John Hill who'd been in Russia on a goodwill mission, is wounded in a battle and brought to the hospital. As he slowly recovers from his wounds, Hill falls in love with Natasha. One day the crisis develops when the hospital personnel are forced to move immediately to Leningrad as the Nazis advance. Written by Robert

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14 January 1944 (USA) See more »

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She Who Dares See more »

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R-F Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Remake of The Girl from Leningrad (1941) See more »

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Worth seeing if you're in London
29 August 2019 | by bob-veriniSee all my reviews

I got a chance to view the BFI's VHS copy of this elusive 1944 music score Oscar nominee. The title might suggest a balalaika musical but it's a lot grimmer than the poster indicates. It's really in the vein of SO PROUDLY WE HAIL!--remember that one? The nurses caught in the crossfire of the Pacific war? I'm pretty sure the Paramount epic influenced or inspired UA here. There actually are a lot more than three Russian girls in white in this propaganda melodrama. But however many, we follow them from volunteering to extremely hazardous duty at the front, captured through a mix of documentary footage and extremely unnerving F/X. Naturally, there's time for a romance between our heroine (Anna Sten, the poor man's Garbo) and a downed Canadian flier (Kent Smith, the poor man's Robert Taylor). And come to think of it, there's a great deal of choral singing along the way (yes, accompanied by the balalaika!), which must have influenced the nomination. (The credited scorer, Franke Harling, had previously won for helping to stitch together all of the traditional tunes in STAGECOACH, beating out Max Steiner for GWTW which I still can/t fathom.) Anyway, THREE RUSSIAN GIRLS disappeared in the wake of the postwar anti-Soviet purge of Hollywood, but at least this version of a print exists; I had to pay a bundle to view it--the BFI charges, as I guess it should--but I wasn't sorry.

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