Truxton King (1923)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |  
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During his tenure with the Fox studios, John Gilbert was cast in every imaginable role a male lead could have. He was Marco Polo, Cameo Kirby, and here he's the title character of this adventure, which comes by its mythical kingdom theme honestly -- it was based on a novel by George Barr McCutcheon. Truxton King is a dashing American who comes to Graustark in search of adventure. There is treachery afoot in the kingdom, and at first the royal family believes he is a spy. But King discovers a plot to murder six-year-old Prince Robin (Mickey Moore), and becomes the boy's protector. He not only saves the young prince, but also his beautiful aunt, Lorraine (Ruth Clifford). In spite of all attempts by the revolutionaries, King almost single-handedly keeps them from overthrowing the royals, and his efforts win him Lorraine's hand. Gilbert would remain stuck on the Fox treadmill for another year and a half after this picture was made. He would only find true stardom when he went over to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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damsel-in-distress, love, prince, rescue, revolution, romance