The Blackguard

The Blackguard (German: Die Prinzessin und der Geiger) (1925) is a British-German drama film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Jane Novak, Walter Rilla, and Frank Stanmore.[1]

The Blackguard
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Directed byGraham Cutts
Produced by
Written by
Based onThe Blackguard
by Raymond Paton
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Distributed byWardour Films (UK)
Release date
  • 26 October 1925 (1925-10-26)
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany


Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, a violinist (Rilla) saves a princess (Novak) from execution.



The film was a co-production between Gainsborough Studios and UFA initiating a decade-long series of co-productions which ended with the rise of the Nazi Party in the 1930s.[2] The film was based on the 1923 novel The Blackguard by Raymond Paton, and shot at Studio Babelsberg, in Potsdam near Berlin, the first time a Gainsborough film was shot abroad. The film was one of a number of films made in this genre during the 1920s, the most successful of which was the American film The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927).[3]

While working on the film, Alfred Hitchcock was able to study several films being made nearby, including The Last Laugh (1924) by F. W. Murnau, which were a major influence on his later work.


  1. ^ The Blackguard (1925)
  2. ^ Cook p. 16–17
  3. ^ Cook p. 36


  • Cook, Pam, ed. (1997). Gainsborough Pictures. London: Cassell. ISBN 978-0-304-33708-8.
  • Kreimeier, Klaus (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22069-0.

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