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.
23 May 1926 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Le batelier de la Volga
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Gross USA: $695,175, 31 December 1926
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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signed on to play the gypsy Mariusha, the role was originally written as a straight dramatic character. After the role was rewritten as comedic, Goudal left the film. See more
Feodor, A Volga Boatman
We have waited five hundred years for liberty - you can wait five minutes for death.
Referenced in With Love and Hisses
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' See more