A Royal Scandal
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Ernst Lubitsch was the original director for A Royal Scandal, but illness forced him to bow out; his replacement was Otto Preminger, who did his utmost to retain the "Lubitsch touch." Based on a play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel, the film dwells upon a fictional incident in the life of Russia's Catherine the Great, here played with blue-blooded bawdiness by Tallulah Bankhead. Catherine falls in love with a handsome young army officer (William Eythe), who turns out to be an insurrectionist planning her downfall. At the last moment, Catherine relents, allowing the officer to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are hints of what might have been in the performances of Coburn and Price."
‑ , Time Out
"Preminger has no ear for comedy. It comes across heavy-handed, while the political intrigue comes only to a small boil"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Royal Scandal, for all Miss Bankhead's presence, is an oddly dull and generally witless show."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A few laughs, but Bankhead chews up the scenery and the pacing is off a beat."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A Royal Scandal is a highly hilarious comedy with superb performances by Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, but a strange anti-climax for Preminger after the brilliance of Laura, and a sad mark of Lubitsch's declining powers."
‑ , Film4
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