The Scarlet Empress

The Scarlet Empress


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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.

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IMDB 7.5 (7k)


History, Romance, Drama, War & Military


1h 44min

Production country

United States


Josef von Sternberg


Marlene Dietrich
Princess Sophia Frederica / Catherine II
John Lodge
Count Alexei
Sam Jaffe
Grand Duke Peter
Louise Dresser
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
C. Aubrey Smith
Prince August
Gavin Gordon
Capt. Gregori Orloff
Olive Tell
Princess Johanna Elizabeth
Ruthelma Stevens
Countess Elizabeth 'Lizzie'
Davison Clark
Archimandrite Simeon Todorsky / Arch-Episcope
Erville Alderson
Chancelor Alexei Bestuchef
Maria Riva
Sophia as a Child
Jane Darwell
Miss Cardell, Sophia's Nurse (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan
Herr Wagner (uncredited)
Akim Tamiroff
Bit Part (uncredited)
Marie Wells
Eric Alden
Elinor Fair
Julanne Johnston
Agnes Steele
Philip Sleeman
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Gerald Fielding
Richard Alexander
Hal Boyer
James Burke
John Davidson
George Davis
Anna Duncan
May Foster
Ivan Linow
James A. Marcus
Eunice Murdock Moore
Warner Richmond
Blanche Rose
Katherine Sabichi
Sam Savitsky
Dina Smirnova
Minnie Steele
Belle Stoddard
Kent Taylor
Jameson Thomas
Bruce Warren
Leo White
Harry Woods