Such a Little Queen (1914)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Set in the apparently always topical Balkans, this humorous Mary Pickford vehicle presented the star as the Queen of Herzegovina, who for political reasons must marry the King of Bosnia (Carlyle Blackwell), who she initially detests. An uprising breaks out in the middle of the ceremonies, and the Royal couple is forced to flee. A handsome American (Harold Lockwood) brings Their Majesties to New York City, where the regal Queen of Herzegovina is soon spotted in full regalia mashing potatoes with her scepter. The only work available for the former heads of state is in a meat-packing plant, but they cope and grow to love their new country. Mary Pickford, who had recently scored a monumental hit with the sentimental Tess of the Storm Country, exhibits a mature comedic style far removed from the spirited youngsters usually associated with this fine actress. Written for the screen by co-director Hugh Ford, Such a Little Queen was based on a stage play by Channing Pollock.

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aristocracy, jealousy, marriage-arranged, marriage-of-convenience, Prime-Minister, queen [royalty], revolution