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
Directed byGraham Cutts
Produced by
Written by
Based onThe Blackguard
by Raymond Paton
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Distributed by
Release date
  • 26 October 1925 (1925-10-26)
  • United Kingdom
  • Weimar Republic


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 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.). Gainsborough Pictures. Cassell, 1997.
  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa story: a history of Germany's greatest film company, 1918–1945. University of California Press, 1999.
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