Great Catherine (1968)

Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston , and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is brought to the imperial court to seek audience with the empress Catherine. He obtains an interview with her courtier, the drunken Potemkin, who ends up carrying him in his arms to the empress and dumping him into her royal bed. From this moment on, the hapless Edstaston endeavours to escape from the clutches of the sex-crazed empress and leave the city with his English fiancée.

Director: Gordon Flemyng.
Stars: Peter O’Toole, Jeanne Moreau, Zero Mostel, Jack Hawkins, Akim Tamiroff, Marie Lohr, Marie Kean, Angela Scoular, Kenneth Griffith, Kate O’Mara, Gerald Lawson, Lea Seidl, Oliver MacGreevy, Norma Foster, James Mellor.

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Many thanks to Mario Gauci for sending me a copy of this film.

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