Dancer of the Nile (1923)

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When the tomb of King Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922, it was only a matter of time before his story (or some exotic fabrication thereof) would reach the screen. This F.B.O. feature had the distinction of being the first King Tut film, and it bears no relation to history. In the absence of her father the pharaoh, the princess (June Elvidge) is ruling over Egypt. She falls in love with Karmet (Malcolm MacGregor), a prince from a neighboring kingdom. Unfortunately, when he comes to the royal gardens he is smitten by the charms of Arvia (Carmel Myers), a dancer. The princess, less than thrilled with this turn of events, orders Arvia to be sacrificed to the crocodiles. The high priest, however, discovers that Arvia is his own daughter and rescues her. He sends her off with Karmet and they go back to his kingdom together. The princess, meanwhile, weds Prince Tut, who becomes king upon her father's death. At 42, Bertram Grassby, who played the boy king, was more than a generation older than the real Tut, who was nine when he became king and 18 at his death.