Koenigsmark was a French vehicle for Austro-Italian actress Elissa Landi, who'd just spent several years in Hollywood. Adapted from a novel by Pierre Benoit, the story, set in pre-WW I Austria, revolves around Princess Aurora (Elissa Landi), the wife of Grand Duke Frederick (American actor John Lodge, whose French is impeccable). When the Grand Duke is murdered, the crime is solved by commoner Raoul Vignette (Pierre Fresnay), who happens to be enamored of Aurora. All three stars also appeared in the simultaneously filmed English-language version of this lavishly appointed historical melodrama. Koenigsmark was but one of three big-budget films directed in 1936 by the indefatigable Maurice Tourneur.
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