Prince and Betty (1919)

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John Maude (William Desmond) was working for his uncle, but has just been fired because he overstayed his vacation when he fell in love with debutante Betty Keith (Mary Thurman). With the last of his salary, he plans to buy a cigar stand, but just then he is informed by an emissary from Mervo, an eastern European principality, that he is the heir to the throne. So he heads over there to discover an American, Benjamin Scobell (Wilton Taylor), in charge. Scobell, in his search for a fast buck, stages a revolution, puts John on the throne and turns the country into a gambling mecca, a la Monte Carlo. But it turns out that Betty is Scobell's stepdaughter and when she shows up, she tells John the situation is disgraceful. So John has no choice but to stage a counter-revolution to right himself in Betty's eyes. Judging from the plethora of silent movies in this vein, there were more "mythical kingdoms" in eastern Europe than people to populate them. This picture was based on a story by P.G. Wodehouse, who should have known better.