|Directed by||Graham Cutts|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon |
|Written by||Raymond Paton (novel)|
|Distributed by||Wardour Films (UK)|
Lee-Bradford Corporation (US)
|Country||United Kingdom |
Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, a violinist (Rilla) saves a princess (Novak) from execution.
- Jane Novak as Prinzessin Maria Idourska / Princess Marie Idourska
- Walter Rilla as Michael Caviol, The Blackguard
- Frank Stanmore as Pompouard
- Bernhard Goetzke as Adrian Levinsky
- Rosa Valetti as Grandmother
- Dora Bergner as Duchess
- Fritz Alberti as Painter
- Robert Leffler as Leidner
- Alexander Murski as Vollmark
- Martin Herzberg as Michael Caviol as a boy
- Loni Nest as Prinzessin Maria as little girl
- Robert Scholz as Grandduke Paul
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. 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).
- Cook p.16-17
- Cook p.36
- 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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