A not uninteresting adaptation of Chekhov's "The Shooting Party," with the requisite 1940s Hollywoodization (have peasants ever looked so clean?). One of Douglas Sirk's earliest Hollywood efforts. Begins in 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution, but takes place, via flashback, in 1912, five years before the Revolution, so we get to see an example of a profligate Russian nobleman (a strangely cast Edward Everett Horton). Sanders is very good as the judge whose obsession with a beautiful peasant woman (Darnell) eventually ruins his life. Darnell is certainly sultry and seductive, but there's nothing peasant about her in her early scenes. (Just as a nit-picking point of information: Darnell's name could not have been Olga Kuzminichna; it would have to have been Olga Kuzminovna - just the way patronymics/middle names are formed in Russian.) Certainly worth a look, especially for those who enjoy films from the 1940s.