Cast & Crew
Philippe De Lacy
The Duke of Kurland is holding a banquet for his officers and is bemoaning his lack of an heir to the Kurland sword when a ragged boy enters the hall and identifies himself as Christian, the duke's son by a Gypsy princess, now dead. Twenty years later, admired as General Crack, a soldier of fortune, Prince Christian is a powerful leader. When compelled by Leopold II of Austria to offer his services, Christian demands a high price in gold and the hand of the Archduchess Maria Luisa. En route, he encounters Fidelia, a spirited Gypsy dancer; and under the spell of Gypsy lore, he marries the girl and takes her to Vienna. Crack is astounded at Maria Luisa's beauty; and Leopold becomes infatuated with Fidelia at a court celebration. While Crack is away at war Leopold forces his attentions on the bride; the vengeful Gabor gives evidence against the emperor and is executed. Crack accepts Maria Luisa's offer to be elevated as Archduke of Kurland.