In 1860s Russia, a young officer is sent on a mission to save his country from invaders.





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A Russian courier struggles to deliver a message to the troops fighting Tartar invaders.

Director: George Nichols Jr.
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Elizabeth Allan, Akim Tamiroff


Credited cast:
Nathalie Kovanko ...
Acho Chakatouny ...
Jeanne Brindeau ...
Maria Strogoff
Marie-Louise Vois ...
Zaugara (as Tina de Yzarduy)
M. Debas ...
Vladimir Gajdarov ...
Tzar Alexandre of Russia (as Eugène Gaidaroff)
Micolas Kougoucheff ...
General Kissoff (as N. Nougoucheff)
Henri Debain ...
Harry Blount
Boris de Fast ...
Alcide Jolivet
Vladimir Kvanin ...
Wassili Feodoroff, Nadia's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicolas Koline


Things look bleak for Russia when the invading Tartars cut off all telecommunications between the border cities and the capital. The czar sends the young captain Michael Strogoff to deliver a vital message to the last line of defense. Along the way he finds love with the practical Nadia, a woman trying to visit her exiled father in Siberia, and danger from the traitorous Ivan Ogereff, who wants to stop him at all costs. Written by cupcakes

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1927 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kurier des Zaren  »

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1.33 : 1
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4,000 soldiers, including cavalrymen, were loaned by the Latvian army to portray the Russian and Tartar armies, and the battles were filmed outside Riga on large plains, which simulated the Siberian steppes. See more »


Version of The Soldier and the Lady (1937) See more »

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Should be ranked with the greatest epic films
22 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It boggles the brain how the 1926 Michael Strogoff has only been released on VHS and so little discussed in the nine decades since its premiere. It only has intelligence, beautiful production values, fluid cinematography, excellent performances, and action scenes which put the over-choreographed slow-mo fests of modern blockbusters to shame.

The film is a perfect showcase for the technical dazzle of the late silent era. Jumpy, jittery, broadly-acted flickers these were not: the camera glides through scenes, the editing is as fast-paced as the action, and the acting is restrained.

Much has been said of Ivan Mosjoukine's turn in the lead, but for me, the show is utterly stolen by his leading lady, Nathalie Kovanko. Her character Nadia is no fluttering damsel; risking her life to protect her loved ones and even saving Strogoff several times, she is a heroine in her own right.

All in all, Kino Lorber or Criterion should jump on this, or at least Grapevine.

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