THE GIRL IN THE KREMLIN (1957)
Article 2674 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-23-2008
Posting Date: 12-8-2008
Directed by Russell Birdwell
Featuring Lex Barker, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jeffrey Stone
While on a case in which he is trying to locate a woman’s twin sister, a detective stumbles across an amazing story; Josef Stalin did not die in 1953, but, through the use of plastic surgery, is now living abroad under a fake identity.
We’ve seen this type of plot with Hitler quite a few times; why not one with Stalin as well? As you might expect, it’s a sensationalistic piece of exploitation propaganda, in which the most interesting element is the revelation that Stalin had a fetish for women with shaved heads. The opening sequence in which actress Natalie Daryll’s hair is shorn is easily the most memorable scene here; after that, the movie becomes a snoozefest of the first order, despite the fact that it gives us a one-armed man, William Schallert as Stalin’s estranged son, and Zsa Zsa Gabor having a fight scene with herself (and I’m willing to bet neither of the fighters is Zsa Zsa). Outside of that, the most interesting thing about this is noticing that the writing credits include both Val Lewton writer DeWitt Bodeen and “Star Trek” writer/producer Gene L. Coon in his first writing assignment. All in all, this is little more than an obscure curiosity piece.