John Barrymore and Louis Wolheim.
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
B&W : Ten reels / 9300 feet
Directed by Sam Taylor + [Viatcheslav Tourjansky and Lewis Milestone]
Cast: John Barrymore [Sergeant Ivan Markov], Camilla Horn [Princess Tamara], Louis Wolheim [Sergeant Bulba], Boris de Fas [the peddler, a Socialist agitator], George Fawcett [the general, Tamara’s father], Ullrich Haupt [Serge, the captain and Tamara’s fiancé], Michael Visaroff [the guard]; Lena Malena, Albert Conti
[?] Feature Productions, Incorporated, or Joseph M. Schenck Productions? production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Scenario by C. Gardner Sullivan + [Erich von Stroheim and Lewis Milestone], from a screen story by V.I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko. Production supervision by John W. Considine Jr. Production manager, Walter Mayo. Technical advisor, Colonel Alexis Davidoff. Art direction by William Cameron Menzies. Interior decorator (set decoration), Casey Roberts. Costume design by Alice O’Neill. Wardrobe manager, Frank Donnellan. Photography (cinematography) by Charles Rosher. Intertitles by George Marion Jr. Edited by Allen McNeil. Music score by Hugo Riesenfeld. Presented by Joseph M. Schenck. / © 11 October 1927 (at 11 reels) by Joseph M. Schenck Productions [LP25492]. Released [?] 21 July or 11 August? 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Originally the film was to have been directed by Erich von Stroheim. Horn replaced Dorothy Sebastian as leading lady during production. Director Tourjansky was replaced by Milestone who was in turn replaced by Taylor. Tourjansky and Milestone’s direction went uncredited, as did Stroheim and Milestone’s work on the scenario. Menzies won the first Academy Award® for Art Direction for this film and The Dove (1927). / Silent film.
Drama: Romance: Historical.
Survival status: Prints exist in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive; and in private film collections [8mm reduction positives].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Miniatures - Prisons: Prisoners - Russia - Russians
Listing updated: 7 July 2009.
References: Film credits, film viewing : Ball-Shakespeare pp. 264, 370, 390; Brownlow-Parade pp. 231, 233, 234; Card-Seductive p. 12; Everson-American p. 336; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 18; Limbacher-Feature p. 244; Mandelbaum-Screen p. 165; Schelly-Langdon p. 129; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 193-195 : Website-AFI.
Home video: DVD.