The Last Command

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Hollywood - 1928!

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The Magic Empire of the
 Twentieth Century!
The Mecca of the World!

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To this Hollywood had
  come Leo Andreyev,
a Russian director ....

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"Every Russian in
 Hollywood is in 
   that stack!"

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"Have him report 
to work tomorrow 
    morning -"

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"- and fit him into a
 General's uniform!"

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"The Eureka Studio
     calling -"

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"Six tomorrow morning 
   - studio gate!"

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The Bread Line of
 Hollywood.

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"Quit your shovin'! Who
 do you think you are?"

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"One Corporal!"

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"One General!"

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"Quit shakin' your head!
How do you expect me 
    to make up?"

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 "Excuse me, please - I
can't help it - I - I had
   a great shock once!"

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"Where'd you get the 
gadget from - steal it
out of a hock shop?"

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"The Czar gave it 
      to me."

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"What do you know about 
that? The Czar gave him 
this beautiful medal!"

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"I'm your pal - I want to
 show it to everybody -"

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Imperial Russia - 1917.

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Proud, majestic, haughty
  - seemingly eternal
as the ages!

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On a dozen far-flung battle
  fronts, Russia was
engaged in a death grapple 
    with the enemy.

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Tireless in the defense of a
  crumbling empire was the
Grand Duke Sergius Alexander,
cousin to the Czar, and
Commanding General of the
     Russian Armies.

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"Everything is in perfect order,
Your Imperial Highness. There
is no need for you to tire 
yourself with an inspection."

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"The revolutionists have
intercepted most of our 
       supplies."

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"Let him strut a little 
longer! His days are 
      numbered!"

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"The days of all who are
 dragging Russia down
     are numbered!"

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 "Only a few weeks 
more - but they seem 
    an eternity!"

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"We have waited too 
long to be impatient 
        now!"

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"You are ordered to 
report for passport
examination in the
    morning."

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"They are actors playing for 
the troops and their passports
are in order - but our reports
show they are revolutionists -"

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"- she is Natalie Dabrova,
  the most dangerous 
revolutionist in Russia!"

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"Let's have them up!
He's dangerous enough 
- - and she's pretty 
enough - to merit my
personal attention!"

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"The second time this 
week you've worn my 
coat and smoked my 
   cigarettes!"

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"If he does it again -
remove the coat and
shoot the contents!"

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"So you two are serving 
your country - - by
       acting!"

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"A fine patriotic service -
when Russia is fighting
     for her life!"

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"Why aren't you 
  in uniform?"

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"My lungs are weak."

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"Perhaps it is your courage
     that is weak!"

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"It doesn't require courage 
to send others to battle
      and death!"

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"Put him under arrest!"

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"What is this man 
     to you?"

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"Nothing at all. He is Leo
Andreyev - the director
 of the Kief Imperial
       Theatre."

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"Orders from the General 
  Staff, Your Imperial
       Highness!"

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"You will, of course,
honor us with your
     company?"

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The new Headquarters.

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"Recall a division from 
the front - - His 
Majesty thinks the
war is a parlor game."

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"We can't spare a division
  - we need every man!"

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"Don't argue! Have a
division deloused and
re-equipped - and send 
it here immediately!"

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  And so, with the flames of
    war crackling along a
two-thousand mile front, troops
bitterly needed to defend Russia
  played parade for the Czar.

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"Your Imperial Highness,
you are urgently needed
to dispatch instructions!"

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"The show will be over 
     in a minute!"

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"Russia relies on you,
     dear cousin."

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After a week - after thousands
  of men had spilled their
blood to defend a few inches
of earth - - there came a lull
      between storms.

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"Where is the lady?"

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"I beg you to accept this
expression of gratitude
  for your company."

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"That sort of thing 
should always be done 
   after caviar!"

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"The General Staff, Your 
   Imperial Highness!"

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"His Majesty plans to visit the
front tomorrow! It might be
advisable to stage an offensive
  for him in the morning - -
      not too early!"

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"My troops are not prepared 
for an offensive! I will not
sacrifice them merely for 
the entertainment of the 
        Czar!"

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 "That's what provides 
fuel for the revolution!"

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"Can't you see the man 
     is very ill?"

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"I'll show you dirty 
revolutionary dogs!"

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 "Aren't you taking a
terrific risk in defying
  the Czar's wishes?"

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"I would take any risk
to prevent a needless 
     sacrifice."

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"Then why do you 
continue this stupid 
       war?"

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"We must have victory!
Defeat means revolution
- and the collapse of
       Russia!"

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"Then you love Russia 
      so much?"

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"I would gladly die tonight
- if it would help Russia!"

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"Before you die - won't 
you at least have coffee
with me - in my room?"

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"You are very beautiful!
One could easily fall in 
    love with you!"

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"Your hand is trembling!"

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"Will you get me my 
cigarettes, please?
Yours are so strong!"

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"Why didn't you shoot?"

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"I don't know why I 
 didn't kill you -"

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"- I suppose it was because
I couldn't kill - anyone - who
  loves Russia as much as
         you do!"

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"From now on you are
my prisoner of war -"

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"- and my prisoner 
     of love."

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A group of obscure 
   people meet to
decide the fate of Russia.

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"Train Number 476, carrying
  the Grand Duke Sergius
Alexander and staff, has left
      for the front!"

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"Communicate with our
agents at once! Tonight
  Russia becomes a 
     republic!"

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"If we get the right news
at the next station - His
Imperial Highness will
long remember this ride!"

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"His Imperial Highness will be
here in five minutes! Let's
give him the greatest reception
      he has ever had!"

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"All out, Masters of 
Russia! Last stop!"

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"People of Russia - you
are being led by traitors!"

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"We have been slaves too 
 long! Now we are the
       masters!"

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"I'll be your servant just 
once more! I'll place the 
noose around your neck
       myself!"

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"This is the end, Your
Imperial Highness! It
  is our turn now!"

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"Let's hang him in 
Petrograd - for all 
the world to see!"

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"Look at him! The greatest
man in Russia -- greater
  even than the Czar!"

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"Make him sweat as we 
have sweated! Make him 
stoke our train to
    Petrograd!"

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"Would His Imperial 
Highness care for one
of his cigarettes?"

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"To the locomotive!"

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"That woman belongs to 
me - she goes with the 
        coat!"

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"Don't you understand?
It was the only way I
could save your life."

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"I love you!"

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"These pearls will 
pay your way out 
  of Russia!"

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"I love you! I love you!"

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And so the backwash
  of a tortured nation
had carried still another 
  extra to Hollywood.

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"Get the extra people 
   on the stage!"

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"The director has an
important part for 
you, Pop. You've got
  to look nice!"

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"Is that beard supposed 
to be Russian? It looks 
like an ad for cough
       drops!"

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"In Russia, that was worn 
on the left side. I know
because I was a general."

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"I've made twenty Russian 
pictures. You can't tell
me anything about Russia!"

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"Get me a whip!"

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"I've waited ten years 
for this moment, Your
 Imperial Highness."

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"The same coat, the same
uniform, the same man
- - only the times have 
      changed!"

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"This is supposed to be 
a trench scene of troops
just before a battle -"

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"You are the General
     in command!"

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"The troops are tired of
war - tired of listening
to your pretty speeches -"

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"One of them becomes 
violent - you strike him
   with this whip!"

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"We won't have to 
rehearse that scene - 
I know you can use 
     a whip!"

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"Music, please - the
  Russian National
      Anthem."

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"Wind machine!"

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"Lights!"

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"Camera!"

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"What's the difference
who wins this war? -
We're sick and tired 
   of fighting -"

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"You've given your last 
command! A new day
is here! Down with
   your Russia!"

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"People of Russia, you
are being led by traitors
- we must win or Russia
     will perish!"

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"The command is
forward - - to
  victory -"

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"Long Live Russia!"

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"Have we won?"

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"Yes, Your Imperial 
Highness - you have
       won!"

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"Tough luck! That guy
 was a great actor."

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"He was more than a 
great actor - he was 
   a great man."

The
   End

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