A novel by Leo Tolstoy provides the source for the rowdy and romantic silent-era adventure, The Cossacks, presented to todays audiences in a superb print and with a colorful orchestral score by Robert Israel. john Gilbert, the screens famed Great Lover, portrays Lukashka, son of a Cossack Chieftain. Mocked for his peace-loving ways, the young Cossack proves hes made of sterner stuff when he outrides and overwhelms enemy Turks whove escaped with his villages horses. Yet greater tests of his courageand prowess await Lukashka. He also faces a romantic rival - a czarist prince intent on marrying Lukashkas beloved (played by Renee Adore, Gilberts costar in The Big Parade). Applauded by The New York Times Mordaunt Hall for its earnest attention tothe atmospheric detail, the film is rife with celebration, ceremony and, above all, amazing trick-riding performed on galloping steeds by real-life Cossack horsemen.