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Mockery (1927)

During the Russian Revolution, a mentally challenged peasant saves then obsesses over a beautiful countess.

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Benjamin Christensen (story), Stig Esbern (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Sergei
Ricardo Cortez ... Captain Dimitri
Barbara Bedford ... Countess Tatiana Alexandrova
Mack Swain ... Vladimir Gaidaroff
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Gaidaroff
Károly Huszár ... Ivan - the Gatekeeper (as Charles Puffy)
Kai Schmidt Kai Schmidt ... Butler
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There is hunger in Siberia during the Russian Civil War. Dim-witted peasant Sergei is searching corpses for food. He meets a mysterious young woman looking for the town of Novokursk. She asks Sergei to tell anyone they might meet that he is her husband. They find an abandoned house where they can rest... but a stranger is hiding inside. Sergei washes the woman's feet and prepares a bed for her. The stranger reveals himself and is soon joined by cossacks; they do not believe that the woman is a peasant's wife. They beat Sergei but he does not betray her. The two are rescued by White cavalry. The woman is in fact the Countess Alexandrova. In Novokursk, the countess stays with the rich Gaidaroff family. When Sergei leaves hospital, he goes to see his "friend". The countess begrudgingly provides a job in the household. Sergei is exposed to the revolutionary talk of Ivan, a servant. When the Whites leave town to counter an attack, the Reds are free to act... Written by David Steele

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The high-water mark of Chaney achievement is reached by him in this powerful drama. (Print Ad-Daily Times, ((Longmont, Colo.)) 22 October 1927) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1927 (USA) See more »

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Terror See more »

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Budget:

$187,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Ivan - the Gatekeeper: Don't you understand? It's time for us to be masters now!
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Referenced in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) See more »

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Major Disappointment
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mockery (1927)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely disappointing effort between star Lon Chaney and director Benjamin Christensen (Haxan). Set during the Russian Revolution, a dimwitted peasant (Chaney) takes a woman (Barbara Bedford) through the dangerous forrest only to later learn that she is Countess who is blamed by other peasants for their bad living environment. The dimwitted peasant must then put his love for the Countess behind and fight for the peasants. This is a really bad film that doesn't work on any level dealing with the actual story. The story is incredibly dull, confusing and most of the time it's hard to care for either side of the fight. It seems Christensen had some sort of message but this never gets across. Even Chaney is rather dull here as he just lumbers around various scenes not doing much. Apparently he and the director had several battles over the director not "fixing" the story and this is apparent in his weak performance. The visuals of the film are quite good, especially the opening shot of dead bodies lying on the ground.


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