Great Catherine



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Great Catherine is a 1968 comedy film based on the one-act play of George Bernard Shaw. In this adaptation, Queen Catherine of Russia (Jeanne Moreau) is romantically interested in Capt. Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole) of the Light Dragoons. However, Charles runs away with Claire (Angela Scoular), the daughter of the British ambassador (Jack Hawkins). Scorned, Catherine orders her guards to arrest him and she holds him captive in her palace. She asks Charles about his involvement in the US revolutionary wars and they engage in role-plays of wars where the queen always ends up defeating the British. Charles attempts to escape but fails. Luckily, Scoular rescues him. Directed by Gordon Flemyng, this movie was first released in Germany.