For King and Country (1914)

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Filmed in Italy, For King and Country is a Ruritanian melodrama, the sort of film in which the 20th-century characters comport themselves as if still living during feudal times. Princess Nydia of Koriman (played by one Princess Raspouli) is in love with Crown Prince Sergius of Servia (A.A. Capozi). Hoping to gain control of Koriman, the evil King William (Luigi Mele) conspires with the treacherous Princess Sonia (Louise Degli Uberti) to break up the romance between Nydia and Sergius. When all else fails, the villains kidnap Sergius and install Sonia's young son Victor (Tonio Giolono) on the Servian throne. The rest of the picture was pure Prisoner of Zenda and Man in the Iron Mask stuff, ably if somewhat grandiosely performed by an enthusiastic cast.