Crown of Lies (1926)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Pola Negri is her usual overstated self in the outlandish comedy-melodrama Crown of Lies. Negri plays Olga, an immigrant girl who finds work as a domestic in a New York theatrical boarding house. Aspiring to become an actress herself, Olga studies the various boarders and mimics their behavior. This amuses car salesman John Knight (Robert Ames), who falls in love with Olga and invites her to accompany him to the mittel-European kingdom of Sylvania, where he is to open a dealership. But before they can start their journey, Olga is accosted by a servant of Sylvanian Count Mirko (Noah Beery Sr.), who is convinced that our heroine is the long-lost daughter of the Queen (shades of "Anastasia"!) She is spirited off to Sylvania with her boyfriend John in tow and is promptly installed in the royal palace, where she uses her "theatrical training" to pose as a noblewoman. So convincing is her performance that the peasants overthrow the present Sylvanian regime and install Olga on the throne. In the end, however, Olga gives up her regal splendor for a less glamorous but more fulfilling life as the wife of ever-patient John Knight. No, no one believed this one in 1926, either.

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actor, boarding-house, boyfriend, daughter, espionage, immigrant, impersonation, journey, love, revolution, romance, royalty, salesperson, servant