Summer Storm

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Summer Storm is a remarkably effective Hollywood filmization of Anton Chekhov's The Shooting Party. Linda Darnell stars as the young and beautiful wife of a middle-aged Russian civil servant Hugo Haas. Darnell becomes the object of the affections of her husband's employer, a lecherous count Edward Everett Horton. The girl in turn is enamored of a provincial judge George Sanders. At first, all flirtations are playful and harmless, but the judge takes Darnell so seriously that he ends up killing her in a jealous ...
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Summer Storm is a remarkably effective Hollywood filmization of Anton Chekhov's The Shooting Party. Linda Darnell stars as the young and beautiful wife of a middle-aged Russian civil servant Hugo Haas. Darnell becomes the object of the affections of her husband's employer, a lecherous count Edward Everett Horton. The girl in turn is enamored of a provincial judge George Sanders. At first, all flirtations are playful and harmless, but the judge takes Darnell so seriously that he ends up killing her in a jealous rage. Her husband is blamed for the crime, but the Count gets his comeuppance during the 1917 Bolshevik revolution which didn't figure into the original Chekhov story, inasmuch as the author died in 1904. The big surprise in this is not that it works as well as it does, but that it features comic actor Edward Everett Horton in a straight, almost unsympathetic role, which he underplays beautifully.
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Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer; Interview with Author Bernard Dick on Director Douglas Sirk Interviewed by Joel Blumberg
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Summer Storm is a tiny gem of a movie, one which has been overlooked by audiences and is therefore a pleasant surprise for those looking for an older movie that they haven't seen dozens of times. There are certainly flaws in Storm, starting with a bit of a "split personality" between its Anton Chekhov roots and its interpretation by a Hollywood team, as well as the contribution of director Douglas Sirk, not from Hollywood but from Europe and bringing a third flavor to the mixture. Pacing is a also a bit of a problem, and some viewers might wish that Sirk had made a few things a bit clearer. But these flaws are more than made up for by the literate, intelligent screenplay, which captures a great deal of Chekhov even as it bows to Hollywood conventions and Code strictures. And Sirk's work, while not as all-encompassing as his later 1950's masterpieces, still has the determination and sense of a unique worldview that one finds in his best films. The director also coaxes a truly lovely performance from Linda Darnell, looking stunning and creating an ambitious, selfish portrait that is hard to resist. George Sanders is also in top form, showing the audience a man whose heightened self-awareness is no match for his own moral weakness and cowardice. But best of all is Edward Everett Horton in a totally atypical serious performance that is a true surprise to all who know him merely from his usual bumbling comedic parts. Storm is a tragic, passionate film that deserves to be more widely seen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • UPC: 089859060724
  • Original Release: 1944
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  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Sanders Fedor Michailovitch Petroff
Linda Darnell Olga Urbenin
Anna Lee Nadina
Edward Everett Horton Count Volsky
Hugo Haas Urbenin
Lon Lahner Clara
John Philliber Polycarp
Sig Rumann Kuzma
André Charlot Mr. Kalenin
Mary Servoss Mrs. Katenin
John Abbott Lunin
Robert Greig Gregory
Paul Hurst Gendarrne
Charles Trowbridge Doctor
Byron Foulger Clerk in Newspaper Office
Charles Wagenheim Postman
Frank Orth Mailman
Elizabeth Russell Naughty Lady at Dinner
Ann Staunton Dinner Guest
Jimmy Conlin Passerby at Mailbox
Fred Nurney Judge in Kharkov
Sarah Padden Beggar Woman
Sharon McManus Beggar Child
Mike Mazurki Policeman
Rex Evans
Ken Jones
John Kelly
Nina Koshetz Gypsy Singer
Kate MacKenna Woman with Umbrella
Frances Morris
Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director, Screenwriter
Rudi Feld Art Director
Karl Hajos Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Rowland Leigh Screenwriter
Seymour Nebenzal Producer
Max Pretzfelder Costumes/Costume Designer
Eugen Schüftan Cinematographer
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
Gregg G. Tallas Editor
Robert Thoeren Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Summer Storm
2. Opening [4:42]
3. Radiant Summer [7:01]
4. Summer Shower [8:18]
5. Chance Encounter [9:10]
6. A Toast [9:25]
7. Waiting For Days [7:38]
8. Strange Irony [9:17]
9. Old Fool [14:07]
10. Too Weak [9:57]
11. Heavenly Electricity [8:54]
12. Gentleman's Hands [8:19]
13. Good Old Days [8:11]
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Disc #1 -- Summer Storm
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Uncle Vanya Trailer
      Audio Interview Author Bernard Dick on Director Douglas Sirk Interviewed By Joel Blumberg
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