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Mockery (1927)

During the Russian Revolution, a mentally challenged peasant saves then obsesses over a beautiful countess.

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Benjamin Christensen (story), Stig Esbern (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Sergei
Ricardo Cortez ... Captain Dimitri
Barbara Bedford ... Countess Tatiana Alexandrova
Mack Swain ... Vladimir Gaidaroff
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Gaidaroff
Károly Huszár ... Ivan - the Gatekeeper (as Charles Puffy)
Kai Schmidt Kai Schmidt ... Butler
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There is hunger in Siberia during the Russian Civil War. Dim-witted peasant Sergei is searching corpses for food. He meets a mysterious young woman looking for the town of Novokursk. She asks Sergei to tell anyone they might meet that he is her husband. They find an abandoned house where they can rest... but a stranger is hiding inside. Sergei washes the woman's feet and prepares a bed for her. The stranger reveals himself and is soon joined by cossacks; they do not believe that the woman is a peasant's wife. They beat Sergei but he does not betray her. The two are rescued by White cavalry. The woman is in fact the Countess Alexandrova. In Novokursk, the countess stays with the rich Gaidaroff family. When Sergei leaves hospital, he goes to see his "friend". The countess begrudgingly provides a job in the household. Sergei is exposed to the revolutionary talk of Ivan, a servant. When the Whites leave town to counter an attack, the Reds are free to act... Written by David Steele

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The high-water mark of Chaney achievement is reached by him in this powerful drama. (Print Ad-Daily Times, ((Longmont, Colo.)) 22 October 1927) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1927 (USA) See more »

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Terror See more »

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Budget:

$187,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Mrs. Gaidaroff: [upstairs] SERGEI!
Ivan - the Gatekeeper: [downstairs, to Sergei] Is that old sea lion barking at you again? Isn't she always calling you idiot... idiot... IDIOT!
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He Never Gets the Girl
26 October 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In this silent Lon Chaney film, he once again plays a non-traditional role. This time he is a dull-witted peasant, Sergei, during a revolution. He survives by taking food off dead bodies on the battlefield. While at this, he is discovered by a beautiful woman, who enlists his aid in trying to escape. He is primarily responsible for getting her out of a potentially deadly situation. What he doesn't realize is that she is a countess, living the high life, ruling the servants. She never intended any sort of relationship, obviously. He doesn't see it this way. So it is hopeless. He then gets enlisted by a cook, who works in the mansion. He uses Sergei to manipulate his situation, wanting to get his hands on the countess. Sergei just doesn't get it. Chaney is fantastic. His amazing facial expressions and his interpretation of the role are superb.


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