Overview

During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica, who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei, and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

  1. Josef von Sternberg

    Director

  2. Manuel Komroff

    Writer

  3. Catherine II

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Marlene Dietrich

    Marlene Dietrich

    Princess Sophia Frederica / Catherine II

  2. John Lodge

    John Lodge

    Count Alexei

  3. Sam Jaffe

    Sam Jaffe

    Grand Duke Peter

  4. Louise Dresser

    Louise Dresser

    Empress Elizabeth Petrovna

  5. C. Aubrey Smith

    C. Aubrey Smith

    Prince August

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The Scarlet Empress
The Scarlet Empress

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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 15, 1934
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 44m

Budget $900,000.00

Revenue -

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