B&W : Eight reels / 7543 feet
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Pola Negri [the czarina], Rod La Rocque [Alexei], Adolphe Menjou [the chancellor], Pauline Starke [Anna], Fred Malaesta [the French ambassador], Nick de Ruiz [the general], Madame Daumery (Carrie D’Aumery) [the Czarina’s lady-in-waiting], Clark Gable [extra]
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Scenario by Agnes Christine Johnston and Hans Kraly (Hanns Kräly), from the novel A cárnö szinmu: három felvon by Lájos Biró and Menyhért Lengyel. Set decoration by Hans Dreier. Cinematography by Charles J. Van Enger. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 21 November 1924 by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation [LP20776]. Premiered 16 November 1924 in New York, New York. Released 24 November 1924. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format.
Synopsis: [Exhibitors Trade Review, 6 December 1924, page 51] Alexei, a young officer, saves the Czarina of a small European kingdom from revolutionary conspirators and is rewarded with her love. Infatuated, he deserts his sweetheart, Anna, the Czarina’s lady-in-waiting, only to discover that his Queen is far from true to him. Desperate, he joins the revolutionists and plots against her. The Czarina pleads that she loves only him, and he swears no harm will befall her. Meantime the chancellor nips the revolution in the bud, and the Czarina orders Alexei’s arrest. But she causes herself such unhappiness in doing so that she releases him from prison, relinquishes him to Anna, and seeks solace in a new affair with the French Ambassador.
Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (American Film Institute collection).
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Listing updated: 8 December 2009.
References: Bardèche-History p. 287; Bohn-Light p. 94; Brownlow-Parade pp. 245, 348; Fell-History pp. 119, 120; FilmYearBook-1926 p. 40; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 139; Leish-Cinema p. 50; Shipman-Cinema p. 82; Smith-Colman p. 300; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 103-104 : Website-AFI.
Home video: DVD.