~The Volga Boatman~
~Elinor Fair & William Boyd~

William Boyd ...  Feodor, A Volga Boatman
Elinor Fair ...  Vera, A Princess
Robert Edeson ...  Prince Nikita
Victor Varconi ...  Prince Dimitri
Julia Faye ...  Mariusha, A Gypsy
Theodore Kosloff ...  Stefan, A Blacksmith
Arthur Rankin ...  Vasili - A Boatman
Ed Brady ...  Boatman (uncredited)
Gino Corrado ...  White Army Officer (uncredited)
Lillian Elliott ...  Landlady (uncredited)
William Humphrey ...  Head of the Tribunal (uncredited)
Viola Louie ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ruth Miller ...  Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eugene Pallette ...  Revolutionary (uncredited)
George Periolat ...  Prince Nikita's Servant (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ...  Tartar Woman (uncredited)
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Written by:
Lenore J. Coffee - adaptation

Based on the novel by Konrad Bercovici
One feels that if Cecil B. DeMille had been assigned to direct the one-character play Krapp's Last Tape,
he'd have added 15,000 extras and a flood. A typically overbaked (and immensely entertaining) DeMille
effort, The Volga Boatman was "inspired" by a Konrad Bercovici novel. Set in the months prior to the
Russian Revolution, the story opens as Princess Vera (Elinor Fair), promised in marriage to Prince Dmitri
(Victor Varconi), chooses instead to spend her time with humble but handsome Volga boatman Feodor
(William Boyd). Comes the revolution, and Feodor leads his fellow peasants in an assault against the
nobility. Angered when Vera's father orders the death of one of his followers, Feodor breaks into her
palace, demanding that either she or her father be executed as punishment. Vera courageously offers to
sacrifice herself, but Feodor, who's fallen in love with her, can't bring himself to end her life. He fakes her
execution and helps her to escape, introducing her to the other revolutionaries as his wife. When the
Royalist armies counterattack, Vera and Feodor are captured and subject to a series of humiliations.
Dmitri rescues Vera, but sentences Feodor to death -- relenting at the last minute when Vera pleads that
Feodor be spared. Thus, when the balance of power shifts and Russia is again in the hand of the
revolutionaries, Dmitri is allowed to go into safe exile by a grateful Vera and Feodor. The film's
now-famous advertising photo, showing a group of aristocrats being forced to drag a ferryboat along the
Volga, was later utilized for a memorable sight gag in the 1927 Laurel and Hardy comedy With Love and

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Plot Synopsis~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: DeMille Pictures Corporation

Released by: Producers Distributing Corporation (PDC)

Produced by: Cecil B. DeMille
Cinematography by: J. Peverell Marley, Arthur C. Miller & Fred Westerberg
Film Editing by: Anne Bauchens
Art Direction by: Anton Grot,
Mitchell Leisen & Max Parker
Costume Design by: Adrian
Assistant Director: Frank Urson
Second Assistant Director: Sterling Campbell
Technical Advisors: Vasili Kalmykoff & General Lodijensky

Length: 11 Reel
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Released: May 23, 1926

Filmed on Location at:
Sacramento River, California, USA