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Michael Chekhov Filmography

Year Film Role
Erik XIV
Erik XIV
Man from the Restaurant
Song of Russia
Ivan Stepanov
In Our Time
Uncle Leopold Baruta
Dr. Alexander 'Alex' Brulov
Cross My Heart
Specter of the Rose
Max Polikoff
Abie's Irish Rose
Solomon Levy
Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
Dr. Fromm
Holiday for Sinners
Dr. Konndorff
Professor Schuman


Information about some of the movies

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Erik XIV was a 1921 silent Russian film in which Chekhov played Strindberg's Erik XIV. This was his first known film project. This movie, based on the play, would be re-done many times.
Man from the Restaurant (Russian: Человек из ресторана) is a 1927 silent film directed by Yakov Protazanov based on the story by Ivan Shmelyov. The main role was written for Ivan Moskvin, but when he got sick, the lead role was given to Michael Chekov. Chekhov played Skorohodov, The Waiter.
This film is a silent film and may be available with English subtitles.
Song of Russia
Song of Russia is a 1944 American war film directed by Gregory Ratoff, until he collapsed near the end of the five-month production, to be replaced by László Benedek, who completed principal photography. Screenwriters were Paul Jarrico and Richard Collins. The film starred Robert Taylor, Susan Peters and Robert Benchley and Michael Cekhov as Ivan Stepanov.
Despite criticism it received in the years after the war, it was very popular when made, while the US and Russia were allies, and historians remember it for contents rather than its quality,
Song of Russia was initially received positively. New York Times called scenes "a fine bit of cinematic art." The reviewer praised the cast, writing: "Taylor makes a very good impression. Susan Peters is extraordinarily winning. Robert Benchley throws some straws of cryptic humor into the wind, and Michael Chekhov, Vladimir Sokoloff and Michael Dalmatov are superb as genial Russian characters."
In Our Time
In Our Time is a 1944 romantic drama film set in the days leading up to WWII. It stars Ida Lupino and Paul Henreid and Michael Chekhov as Leopold Baruta.
In March 1939, antiques dealer Mrs. Bromley (Mary Boland) and her assistant Jennifer "Jenny" Whittredge (Ida Lupino) travel through Poland making purchases. In Warsaw, Jenny meets Count Stephan Orwid (Paul Henreid) and, after a whirlwind courtship, he asks her to marry him.
Stephan's aristocratic family is against the English commoner. His mother wants to keep peace in the family. Only his uncle, ineffectual Leopold Baruta (Michael Chekhov), welcomes her. The wedding takes place.
In this set of clips, we see Michael Chekhov create the character of Uncle Leopold.
Spellbound is a psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1945. It tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. The film stars Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov and Leo G. Carroll. It is an adaptation by Angus MacPhail and Ben Hecht of the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes (1927) by Hilary Saint George Saunders and John Palmer (writing as "Francis Beeding").
Spellbound won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Chekhov), as well as Best Cinematography; Best Director; Best Effects, Special Effects; and Best Picture.
In this series of clips, we see Michael Chekhov as Dr. Brulov and his many ways of using his techniques to create a minor, yet powerful character.
Cross My Heart
Cross My Heart is a 1946 (production) /1947 (release) slight remake of 1937's "True Confession." Hutton is the heroine not adverse to telling a small (or big) white lie when she deems a situation can be improved.
Peggy Harper (Betty Hutton) moves from chorus line to a position of private secretary to a pawing producer, primarily so her lawyer-fiancee Oliver Clarke (Sonny Tufts) can be the benefactor of the producer's truck-load of legal business. But she is forced to flee the office one night to protect her assets and leaves her hat, coat and purse behind. The producer turns up dead and Peggy is accused of the maurder. Peggy, not doing a whole lot to prove otherwise, is soon on trial for murder. Michael Chekhov is a mentally insane actor who wants to get the clippings of his performances of Hamlet years earlier. They show that he always killed the King when he played Hamlet. And he tries that again here, with Clarke playing the King as he tells the story. His work is small, but crucial to the unfolding of the lies of Hutton and the reconnection of her and Oliver Clarke.
Spectre of the Rose
Specter of the Rose is a 1946 film written and directed by Ben Hecht, starring Judith Anderson, Ivan Kirov, Viola Essen, Michael Chekhov, and Lionel Stander.
It's part ballet film and part murder mystery, with a male ballet superstar (Kirov) suspected of murdering his first wife possibly threatening his new wife and ballet partner (Essen). Anderson plays an embittered ballet teacher, and Michael Chekhov plays an impresario.
The film has a reputation as "high camp" and a sincere effort to integrate classical music and ballet into a Hollywood film. Excerpts from the ballet Le Spectre de la Rose, which uses Carl Maria von Weber's piano piece Invitation to the Dance as orchestrated by Berlioz, are featured in the film.
This clip contains all the scenes in which Michal Chekhov performed with amazing style and technique.
Abie's Irish Rose
This 1946 film adds to a long history of productions of this popular Broadway play. This film starred Michael Chekhov, Joanne Dru, and Richard Norris as the Levys.
The basic premise involves an Irish Catholic girl and a young Jewish man who marry despite the objections of their families.
The original Broadway production opened at Fulton Theater, May 1922, had 2317 performances and closed October 1927.
There was a silent version of this film in 1928. It inspired the weekly NBC radio series, Abie's Irish Rose from 1942 through 1944. And it is the basis of both a 1960s TV series and informed the comedy team of Stiller and Mira.
There is no publicly available DVD of this movie.
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by William Castle and starring Guy Madison and Diana Lynn.
Eddie Tayloe (Madison) is a reporter assigned to the Ft. Worth desk of a Dallas newspaper, and as the two neighboring cities are feuding, therefore has nothing to do. He dreams of becoming a New York playwright. He drive to NYC, picking up hitchhiker Perry Denklin (Lynn), also looking for fame and fortune. The big city does not work out for either of them and when Eddie finds Perry working in a Coney Island girlie show, he pulls her out and they find happiness together, buying a ranch back in Texas.
  • Michael Chekhov plays Gaboolian, the very eccentric owner of a little piece of imaginary heaven in Brooklyn. It's his place which provides the way for Castle and Madison to discover their love.
Invitation is a 1952 melodrama starring Van Johnson and Dorothy McGuire as a happily married couple, until the wife learns a secret about her husband. It also includes Michael Chekhov as Dr. Fromm, a specialist consulted by the man.
The film was based on the short story "R.S.V.P." by Jerome Weidman.
Holiday for Sinners
Holiday for Sinners is a 1952 movie made by movie studios. This was, along with a whole series of similar movies, were panned by critics then and now.
Three men, reared together in New Orleans, but whose paths have drifted apart, each face a crisis during the last weekend of Mardi Gras: Dr. Jason Kent must decide between accepting a chance to become famous as a research scientist, which will mean leaving New Orleans and giving up the girl he loves, Susan Corvier, or staying in his father's practice among the poor; Father Victor Carducci is refused permission to open an independent clinic and is thinking of leaving the Church; Punch-drunk prizefighter Joe Piavi is mainly operating in a survival mode and is trying to collect $1500 owed to him by his former manager Mike Hennighan. When he finds out about the debt, brash reporter Danny Farber, not above a double-cross when it means gain for him, needles Hennighan about Joe, and then tells Joe that Henninghan is threatening to send him to an asylum. Michael Chekhov played in a cast that included Gig Young, Keenan Wynn, Janice Rule and Richard Anderson. Chekhov played Dr. Konndorff.
Rhapsody is a 1954 film directed by Charles Vidor. It is based on the novel Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman and John Ericson with Louis Calhern, Michael Chekhov, Barbara Bates, Celia Lovsky and Stuart Whitman.


This 1976 MGM and UA release about life in a television network struggling with poor ratings. The film by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall and features Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, and Beatrice Straight.
The film won four Academy Awards, including for Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight. In this clip, Straight is learning from her husband, William Holden, that he's having an affair. On the basis of this short scene, in which she is only seen a short time in the face, she wowed audiences and won the award.


United Way Rape Crisis Center Commercial
Quiet Commercial
3 Sisters Stage Performance in Moscow