Royal Romance (1917)

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This charming little Graustarkian tale, which stars Virginia Pearson, sounds like it was borrowed from a comic opera. Since she was a child, Princess Sylvia (Pearson) has loved Emperor Maximillian of Rhaetia (Irving Cummings). But when his Prime Minister (Alex K. Shannon) proposes that the two marry, she turns him down because she wants a marriage of love, not of politics. Posing as an English girl, she goes to a mountain village where the emperor likes to hunt incognito. She meets him and pretends she has no knowledge of his royal blood. They fall in love and he proposes a morganatic marriage. She turns him down and he goes to the prime minister to see about making her empress. The prime minister is convinced this unknown woman must be an adventuress and asks Sylvia's brother, Gerald (Boyce Coombe), to compromise her. He agrees and takes her to an inn, where the emperor walks in on them. At first he's infuriated, but then Gerald introduces Sylvia as his sister. Everything is cleared up immediately and the happy couple prepare for their wedding.