The Blackguard

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The Blackguard
The Blackguard.jpg
Directed byGraham Cutts
Produced byMichael Balcon
Erich Pommer
Written byRaymond Paton (novel)
Alfred Hitchcock
Adrian Brunel
StarringJane Novak
Walter Rilla
Frank Stanmore
Bernhard Goetzke
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Distributed byWardour Films (UK)
Lee-Bradford Corporation (US)
Release date
  • 26 October 1925 (1925-10-26)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Weimar Republic
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles
German intertitles

The Blackguard (German: Die Prinzessin und der Geiger) (1925) is a British-German drama film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Jane Novak, Walter Rilla and Frank Stanmore.[1]


Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, a violinist (Rilla) saves a princess (Novak) from execution.



The film was a co-production between Gainsborough Studios and UFA initiating a decade-long series of co-productions which ended with the rise of the Nazi Party in the 1930s.[2] The film was based on the novel The Blackguard by Raymond Paton, and shot at Studio Babelsberg, in Potsdam near Berlin, the first time a Gainsborough film was shot abroad. The film was one of a number of films made in this genre during the 1920s, the most successful of which was the American film The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927).[3]

While working on the film, Alfred Hitchcock was able to study several films being made nearby, including The Last Laugh (1924) by F. W. Murnau, which were a major influence on his later work.



  • Cook, Pam (ed.). Gainsborough Pictures. Cassell, 1997.
  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa story: a history of Germany's greatest film company, 1918–1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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