Song of Russia


Song of Russia

Infobox Film
name = Song of Russia


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director = Gregory Ratoff
László Benedek (uncredited)
producer = Joe Pasternak
Pandro S. Berman
writer = Leo Mittler (story)
Victor Trivas (story)
Guy Endore (story)
Paul Jarrico (screenplay)
Richard Collins (screenplay)
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starring = Robert Taylor
Susan Peters
Robert Benchley
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cinematography =
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distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
released = 10 February 1944
runtime = 107 minutes
country = USA
language = English
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imdb_id = 0036378

"Song of Russia" is an 1944 American war film made and distributed by MGM Studios. The picture was credited as being directed by Gregory Ratoff, though Ratoff collapsed near the end of the five-month production, and was replaced by László Benedek, who completed principal photography; the credited screenwriters were Paul Jarrico and Richard Collins. The film starred Robert Taylor, Susan Peters and Robert Benchley.

The picture was a major studio release, and an unabashed pro-Soviet propaganda film.Fact|date=July 2008 The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) would cite "Song of Russia" as one of the three noted examples of pro-Soviet films made by Hollywood, the other two being Warner Brothers' "Mission to Moscow" and RKO's "The North Star".

After the fact, Robert Taylor protested that he had had to make the picture under duress, as he was under contract to MGM. This is the rationale he used to explain why he was a friendly witness during the HUAC hearings in the 1950s.

Plot summary

Conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) and his manager, Hank Higgins (Robert Benchley), go to Russia shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Meredith falls in love with beautiful Soviet pianist Nadya Stepanova (Susan Peters) while they travel throughout the country on a 40-city tour. Along the way, they see happy, healthy, smiling, free Soviet citizens, blissfully living the Communist dream. This Soviet Eden is destroyed by the German invasion of the Soviet Union.

External links

*imdb title|id=0036378|title=Song of Russia
* [http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6125 Testimony before HUAC] by Ayn Rand concerning this film, including synopsis


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