Summer Storm 1944

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Drama set in tsarist Russia in which a beautiful peasant girl uses her charm to work her way up the social ladder. Olga (Linda Darnell) is desperately poor but determined to rise beyond her current hardships. She uses her beauty to ensnare a series of wealthy suitors, a judge (George Sanders), an aristocrat (Edward Everett Horton) and a superintendent (Hugo Haas). Rather than settling on one of the men, Olga decides to maintain a relationship with all three, but complications inevitably ensue...

Starring:
George Sanders, Hugo Haas
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Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring George Sanders, Hugo Haas, Edward Everett Horton, Linda Darnell, Anna Lee
Director Douglas Sirk
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio DB MUSIC SALES
Rental release 22 August 2011
Main languages English

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 28 Feb 2010
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Count Volsky (Edward Everett Horton) submits a book to be published at the publishing house owned by a former acquaintance, Nadena (Anna Lee). It is an account of the life of his friend and Nadena's one-time boyfriend, Judge Fedor (George Sanders) and it takes place over the summer months. Nadeena reads the manuscript and the story unfolds in flashback as we are introduced to a peasant girl, Olga (Linda Darnell). We follow her journey to obtain wealth and power and the lovers that she cheats in order to obtain her goals. The account is written by Fedor and he does not know that his friend Volsky has sold it for money. How will he react....especially given the contents.....?

The film is set in Russia where there is a definite class split. We see Olga climb her way to the top at the expense of those who fall in love with her. Then, there is a dramatic twist - a murder. Who is the killer? The cast are good - Horton is funny, Sanders is both suave and desperate, Darnell is ruthless while Sig Ruman is particularly good as Kuzma, Darnell's husband. The film is a love story that is particularly tense and dramatic at the end. There is a terrible substitute for the word "lightning" that is repeated a few times in the film, an attempt to draw in the viewer to sympathize with those that utter it. It fails. If anyone said "heavenly electricity" to me, I'd tell them to talk properly. Nevertheless, it's a good film and worth seeing again.
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Not a particularly good film, although Linda Darnell puts in a good performance. Nothing special from George Sanders. He's just doing his job as a studio contract actor.
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