|Emil Jannings||Gen. Dolgorucki / Grand Duke Sergius Alexander|
|Evelyn Brent||Natalie Dabrova|
|William Powell||Lev Andreyev|
|Nicholas Soussanin||The Adjutant|
|Michael Visaroff||Serge, valet|
Tsarist general Sergius Alexander is basking in the glory of imperial Russia. After sending the revolutionary Lev Andreyev to prison, he starts romancing Andreyev's girl. But when the Bolsheviks seize power, the tide turns for Alexander, and he flees Russia. Years later, Alexander, broke and working as a bit player in Hollywood, bumps into Andreyev, who is now a director. Andreyev casts his old nemesis as a Russian general, intending to humiliate him on set.