Knight without Armour

Knight without Armour

Jacques Feyder (1937)

103min
U Certificate
Saturday 2:45pm - 5pm London Live
B&W
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Review

Our Score
In 1937, Marlene Dietrich, the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, accepted a modest $350,000 to star in this lavish, British-made Alexander Korda production. But, when Korda couldn't raise the final $100,000, Dietrich waived the fee in return for getting her mentor Josef von Sternberg the job of directing Korda's I Claudius, which was to end in disaster. Knight without Armour, though, a story of the First World War, Russian Revolution, rebellious peasantry and espionage, became a decent critical and commercial hit. Dietrich, who looks like Garbo in Anna Karenina, is radiant throughout, whether in satin, a bubble bath or swimming nude à la Hedy Lamarr. Love interest appears in the shape of handsome spy Robert Donat, who wears heroism on his sleeve and what looks like a dead yak on his head. The script is pure drivel, but Jacques Feyder's direction has a real sheen.

Summary

A widowed countess needs the help of a dashing British translator to escape from revolutionary Russia in 1917. Romantic adventure, starring Marlene Dietrich, Robert Donat, Herbert Lomas and Austin Trevor.

Cast & Crew

Actor Marlene Dietrich
Actor Robert Donat
Actor Herbert Lomas
Actor Austin Trevor
Director Jacques Feyder

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video
Drama