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The Soldier and the Lady (1937)

Passed | | Adventure, History, Romance | 9 April 1937 (USA)
A Russian courier struggles to deliver a message to the troops fighting Tartar invaders.


George Nichols Jr. (as George Nicholls Jr.)


Jules Verne (from the novel "Michael Strogoff" by), Anthony Veiller (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Anton Walbrook ... Michael Strogoff
Elizabeth Allan ... Nadia
Akim Tamiroff ... Ogareff
Margot Grahame ... Zangarra
Fay Bainter ... Strogoff's Mother
Eric Blore ... Blount
Edward Brophy ... Packer
Paul Guilfoyle ... Vasiley
William Stack William Stack ... Grand Duke
Paul Harvey ... Tsar
Michael Visaroff ... Innkeeper


In Siberia, in 1879, allied Tartar and Mongol hordes, under the leadership of the vulgar rebel Ivan Ogareff, pillage the land and threaten the Tsar Alexander II's rule. From Russia, Alexander II dispatches courier Michael Strogoff to deliver secret military plans to Grand Duke Vladimir, 2,500 miles away at Irkutsk, a Siberian town that is now isolated because telegraph lines have been cut. Because his journey will take him through the town where his mother Martha resides, Michael must deny his natural inclination and pledge not to see her, so that his true identity will not be discovered. While en route by train, the disguised Michael meets the lone girl Nadia and the spy Zangarra, along with two amusing war correspondents, Cyril Blount and Eddie Packer. On a boat to Omsk, Michael saves Zangarra from a bear attack, and in appreciation, she prevents his assassination by Ogareff's henchman Vasiley. Then while Michael, Zangarra and Nadia are traveling by ferry, Tartars attack, and Nadia ...

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At the end of the movie, both Anton Walbrook and Fay Bainter are introduced as "two new RKO Radio Pictures personalities." See more »


Cart Driver: I take your money, you take a walk.
Henry Blount: I say, but that's most frightfully one sided.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: 1870 During the reign of Tsar Alexander II, the fate of the Russian Empire was threatened by a great Tartar uprising in Siberia ...... See more »


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Polovtsian Dances
(1870) (uncredited)
from opera "Prince Igor"
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Played in the Tartar camp and danced by women and then by men
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michael strogoff 1937
17 July 2011 | by argamenor2012See all my reviews

I saw this wonderful film when I was 15 in 1940, a local cinema in Barcelona and still love very much as well as the nostalgia that surrounds those days of black and white film that we like so much. talking about the film in its technical, special effects and perfect interpretation; all area perfect. "I don't know why they are doing chariot races - is nothing these races they made already in the Roman Empire" - commentary between the two journalists in the carriage - the interpretation of Anton Walbrook is memorable, as well as the rest of actors and actresses. scenarios are beautiful even in black and white, great staging of the thousands of extras and the Russian cavalry and tartar. Anton Walbrook in the role of Michael Strogoff is great, as well as Akim Tamiroff in the role of Ogareff, Fay Bainter is exquisite and sweet as the hero's mother, Elizabeth Allan as the girlfriend of Michel Strogoff is so beautiful and sweet as the heroines of those times, finally a great movie that I never tire of seeing and seeing.

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Release Date:

9 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandit and the Lady See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System) (as R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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