Tovarich (film)

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For the 1935 French film, see Tovaritch (film).
Tovarich
Tovarich 1938 poster.jpg
1937 US Theatrical Poster
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Produced by Anatole Litvak
Written by Casey Robinson
Jacques Deval (play)
Robert E. Sherwood
Starring Claudette Colbert
Charles Boyer
Basil Rathbone
Anita Louise
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Henri Rust
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 25, 1937 (1937-12-25)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
1937 theatrical lobby card

Tovarich (the Russian word for comrade) is a 1937 American comedy film directed by Anatole Litvak, based on the 1935 play by Robert E. Sherwood, which in turn was based on the 1933 French play Tovaritch by Jacques Deval. It was produced by Litvak through Warner Bros., with Robert Lord as associate producer and Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner as executive producers. The screenplay was by Casey Robinson from the French play by Jacques Deval adapted into English by Robert E. Sherwood. The music score was by Max Steiner and the cinematography by Charles Lang.

The film stars Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer with Basil Rathbone, Anita Louise, Melville Cooper, Isabel Jeans, Morris Carnovsky and Curt Bois in his American debut role.

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Russian Prince Mikail Alexandrovitch Ouratieff (Charles Boyer) and his wife, Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna (Claudette Colbert) flee from the Russian Revolution to Paris with the Czar's fortune, which he has entrusted to them for safekeeping. They keep the money in a bank, faithfully refusing to spend any of it for themselves. Then, destitute, they are forced to take jobs under false identities as butler and maid in the household of wealthy Charles Dupont (Melville Cooper), his wife Fermonde (Isabel Jeans), and their children, Helene (Anita Louise) and Georges (Maurice Murphy). After a shaky start, the servants gradually endear themselves to their employers. However, their secret is finally exposed when one of the guests at a dinner party, Soviet Commissar Gorotchenko (Basil Rathbone), recognises them.

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