The Devil's Wheel

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The Devil's Wheel
The Devil's Wheel.jpg
Directed byGrigori Kozintsev
Leonid Trauberg
Written byAdrian Piotrovsky
Veniamin Kaverin (story)
StarringPyotr Sobolevsky
Sergei Gerasimov
Sergei Martinson
Andrei Kostrichkin
CinematographyAndrei Moskvin
Release date
16 March 1926
Running time
2,650 meters (112 minutes)
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageSilent film
Russian intertitles

The Devil's Wheel (Russian: Чёртово колесо, romanizedChyortovo koleso) is a 1926 Soviet silent crime film directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg.[1]


During a walk in the garden of the People's House, sailor Ivan Shorin meets Valya and, having missed the scheduled time is late for the ship which is departing for a cruise. The next morning he has to go to a distant foreign trek and his slight delay has turned into a desertion. The young people are sheltered by artists who turn out to be ordinary punks. Not wanting to become a thief, Ivan runs away and surrenders himself to the authorities. After the trial of his friends and just punishment, he returns to his former life.


  • Pyotr Sobolevsky - Ivan Shorin, sailor from the cruiser "Aurora"
  • Lyudmila Semyonova - Valka, street girl
  • Sergei Gerasimov - magician "Human-Question-mark", leader of the gang of bandits
  • Emil Gal - entertainer Coco, friend of the "Question-mark"
  • Yanina Zhejmo - a girl from the gang
  • Sergei Martinson- orchestra conductor
  • Andrei Kostrichkin - one of the inhabitants of the thieves' den
  • Nikolai Gorodnichev - a punk called as "superintendent"
  • Antonio Tserep - the owner of the cellar


  1. ^ Jay Leyda (1960). Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. George Allen & Unwin. p. 201.

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