Long Fliv the King (1926)

Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This Hal Roach two-reeler is not one of Charley Chase's best efforts. It's notable only because it's one of the approximately ten percent of silent films known to have survived, and it features Oliver Hardy, before he teamed up with Stan Laurel, in a bit role. Princess Helga of Thermosa (Martha Sleeper) is on a shopping expedition in New York when she receives word that her father, the king, is dead. She can't become queen, however, unless she finds a husband, and quick. She makes her choice, Charley, primarily because he is about to be executed for a crime of which he is innocent. But after the new queen has gone back to Thermosa, Charley is pardoned, and with the questionable help of lawyer Warfield (Max Davidson), he goes to Thermosa to be with his wife. But first he has to deal with Prime Minister Hamir of Uvocado (Fred Malatesta), who was hoping to marry Helga himself. Hamir plots to have him killed, but Charley, Helga, and the ever-present Warfield manage to make their escape. Hardy's small role was the assistant to Hamir.