The Man from Home (1922)

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The Booth Tarkington-Harry Leon Wilson play was filmed once previously, in 1914, by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel. For the 1922 version, director George Fitzmaurice seems to have relied more on the picturesque backgrounds -- it was filmed on location in England and Italy -- than he should have. Genevieve Granger-Simpson (Anna Q. Nilsson) and her brother Horace (Geoffrey Kerr) go to Europe on the fortune left to them by their father. Their guardian, Daniel Forbes Pike (James Kirkwood), stays behind in Kokomo, Indiana. But when he hears that Genevieve is being romanced by a certain Prince Kinsillo (Norman Kerry),who is very interested in her large dowry, Pike packs his bags and heads for Italy -- and it just so happens that Pike loves Genevieve himself. On his way to stop her involvement with the so-called Prince, Pike helps out a traveler who happens to be the King (John Miltern), traveling incognito. With his help, he reveals the Prince and his supposedly royal cohorts as fakes and wins Genevieve's heart.

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aristocracy, family-disapproval, love, marriage