- Song of Russia
name = Song of Russia
Gregory Ratoff László Benedek(uncredited)
Joe Pasternak Pandro S. Berman
Leo Mittler(story) Victor Trivas(story) Guy Endore(story) Paul Jarrico(screenplay) Richard Collins(screenplay)
starring = Robert Taylor
Susan Peters Robert Benchley
10 February 1944
runtime = 107 minutes
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0036378
"Song of Russia" is an 1944 American
war filmmade 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 Jarricoand Richard Collins. The film starred Robert Taylor, Susan Petersand 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.
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.
*imdb title|id=0036378|title=Song of Russia
* [http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6125 Testimony before HUAC] by
Ayn Randconcerning this film, including synopsis
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