Overall the film was good if a bit drawn out in some areas. There was also a bit of controversy surrounding it. If you watch the film, you will notice that in the first half, Princess Natasha (Diana Wynyard) is an avid supporter of Rasputin, and in the second half she is extremely afraid of him, for no apparent reason. I assumed, like most viewers would today, that she had been raped by Rasputin and they simply didn’t put it in the film. However, I read that Irving Thalberg fired screenwriter Mercedes de Acosta when she refused to write a scene involving a meeting between Rasputin and Princess Irene Yusupov which she knew did not occur. (Prince Felix Yusupov, one of Rasputin's assassins, was a close friend of de Acosta.) Sure enough Yussoupov sued for libel due to a scene which suggested that his wife had been raped by Rasputin. MGM lost the suit, and the scene was cut.
Tonight on TCM! Yippee! Another Powell and Loy vehicle with Frank Morgan to boot!