The Last Command
B&W : Nine reels
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Emil Jannings [General Dolgorucki / Grand Duke Sergius Alexander], Evelyn Brent [Natalie Dabrova], William Powell [Lev Andreyev], Jack Raymond [assistant director], Nicholas Soussanin [adjutant], Michael Visaroff [Serge, the valet], Fritz Feld [revolutionist]; Viacheslav Savitsky [private], Harry Semels [soldier], Alexander Ikonnikov [drillmaster], Nicholas Kobyliansky [drillmaster], Shep Houghton [Russian boy]
Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Produced by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. Associate producer, B.P. Schulberg. Production supervised by Joseph G. Bachmann. Scenario by John F. Goodrich, from an original story by Josef von Sternberg based on an incident told to Lájos Biró by Ernst Lubitsch. Production design by Hans Dreier. Technical director, Nicholas Kobyliansky. Cinematography by Bert Glennon. Intertitles by Herman J. Mankiewicz. Edited by William Shea. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 1928 by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation. Released January 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Working title: The General. Powell’s 28th film. Academy Award winner for Actor (Jannings). / Silent film.
Survival status: Print exists in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Actors - Russia - Russians - USA: California: Hollywood
Listing updated: 7 March 2011.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Bardèche-History p. 299; Bohn-Light p. 88; Brownlow-Parade pp. 36, 196-198, 203, 204; Fell-History pp. 123-124; Kael-Kiss p. 240; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 46; Leish-Cinema p. 53; Limbacher-Feature p. 135; Maltin-Guide p. 699; Quirk-Powell pp. 21-22, 80-82, 88; Sarris-Sternberg pp. 8, 15, 16, 18, 19, 25, 50; Sweeney-Coming pp. 116, 131; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 185-188 : Website-GEH.
Home video: DVD.