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Great Catherine Details


Mae West was never permitted to make a film version of her bawdy historical romp Catherine Was Great, yet this British adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Great Catherine made it to the screen. Where is the justice in this? Anyway, Jeanne Moreau braves it through the nearly unplayable role of Catherine, mother of All the Russias, while Peter O'Toole and Zero Mostel struggle manfully to breathe life into the proceedings. The plot has something to do with Prince Patiomkin's efforts to splice Catherine with Captain Edstaston, thus assuring that the queen's reign will be a happy one. The Captain would rather dally with Claire (Angela Scoular) and spends the rest of the running time escaping the queen's wrath. Throughout Great Catherine, Shavian wit is given short shrift in favor of 2-reeler slapstick. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Peter O'Toole
as Capt. Charles Edstaston
Zero Mostel
as Patiomkin
Jeanne Moreau
as Catherine
Jack Hawkins
as Sir George Gorse
Akim Tamiroff
as Sergeant
Marie Lohr
as Dowager Lady Gorse
Kenneth Griffith
as Naryshkin
Marie Kean
as Princess Dashkoff
Angela Scoular
as Claire
Kate O'Mara
as Varinka
Norma Foster
as Oliver McGreevy
Janet Kelly
as Anna Schuvalova
Catherine Lancaster
as Sophia
Alf Joint
as Russian General
Tom Clegg
as Mongol
Lea Seidl
as Grand Duchess
Rupert Holliday Evans
Milton Reid
as Henchman
Declan Mulholland
as Count Tokhtamysh
Sean Barrett
as Andrei Strelkin
Yuri Borienko
Henry Woolf
as Egrebyomka
Claire Gordon
as Elizabeth Vokonska
Gerald Lawson
Gordon Rollings
as Glazier
Oliver Macgreevy
as General Pskov
Dinny Powell


Gordon Flemyng
Hugh Leonard
Oswald Morris
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Anne V. Coates
John Bryan
Production Designer
Bill Hutchinson
Art Director
Pamela Cornell
Set Designer
Margaret Furse
Costume Designer
Peter Bolton
First Assistant Director
Paddy Stone