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The Volga Boatman (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 1926 (USA)
During the Revolution Princess Vera, though betrothed to Prince Dimitri, is attracted to the peasant Feodor.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Konrad Bercovici (novel), Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Feodor, A Volga Boatman
Elinor Fair ... Vera, A Princess
Robert Edeson ... Prince Nikita
Victor Varconi ... Prince Dimitri
Julia Faye ... Mariusha, A Gypsy
Theodore Kosloff ... Stefan, A Blacksmith
Arthur Rankin ... Vasili - A Boatman
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Storyline

In tsarist Russia, the Volga boatmen live hard lives, trudging along the water's edge as they pull heavy cargoes up and down the river. One day, as Prince Dimitri and his fiancée Princess Vera stop to have their fortunes told at a Tartar camp along the river, they encounter a group of boatmen who are taking a short rest. One of the boatmen, the spirited Feodor, provokes a hostile confrontation with the two aristocrats. Later, when the Revolution breaks out, Feodor becomes a leader in the Red Army, and he again encounters Dimitri and Vera, only this time with much higher stakes. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le batelier de la Volga See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$497,356 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cecil B. DeMille and cinematographer Arthur C. Miller clashed so frequently that Miller walked off the production and was replaced by J. Peverell Marley. See more »

Quotes

Feodor, A Volga Boatman: I love you - with the last beat of my heart.
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Connections

Referenced in Personality Parade (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Volga Boatmen
By Sigmund Spaeth
Harmonized by Carl Deis, c. 1926
'the immortal song that inspired the Cecil B. DeMille motion picture production "The Volga Boatman" with William Boyd and Elinor Fair'
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Recent history shortsightedness
6 June 2002 | by radkinsSee all my reviews

"The Volga Boatman" is an interesting film if only for a better idea of the capabilities of William Boyd, an actor known to most only as "Hopalong Cassidy". Boyd, as a DeMille discovery and contract player was in many of DeMille's films for his own studio, after Paramount and before his 3 year stint at M.G.M. DeMille loved Russian affectations at the time, even to wearing Cossack shirts when on his country home called "The Paradise Ranch". The long-standing tradition of eschewing accurate wardrobe in order to appeal to a more contemporary audience is very noticeable in this film. The designer, Adrian, chose (or was directed to choose) decidedly late 1920's fashions for this film. These are not the high waisted hobble skirts of the period, and do not resemble photographs of the women of the Russian royal family whose fashion sense seemed to be closer to the turn of the century rather than 1914-1918. The scenes in which the upper class men and women are pulling the wagons through the mud in their evening clothes reveals the short hemlines and t-strap high heeled shoes so popular in the nineteen-twenties. That the women's clothes are beautiful is beside the point. DeMille was a populist and rather liked being in the forefront of fashion so that the "Volga" wardrobe doesn't contribute to the realism of the film.


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