Foreign News: Rasputin & the Record

A London courtroom. On the bench, pale and dignified in a black gown and white wig, last week sat 82-year-old Justice Sir Horace Avory. Before him, also gowned and wigged, were two of the greatest trial barristers in all Britain—Sir Patrick Hastings for the prosecution, Sir William Jowitt for the defense. Handsome, hollow-eyed Princess Irina Alexandrovna Youssoupov was suing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Ltd. for damages. She charged that she had been libeled and her character defamed by a rape episode in MGM's cinema Rasputin, the Mad Monk. The courtroom was jampacked by a...

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