King on Main Street (1925)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |  
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Although there was nothing really fresh about the story to this romantic comedy (based on the play The King, by Leo Ditrichstein), director Monta Bell and star Adolphe Menjou gave it a pleasantly sophisticated veneer. Serge IV (Menjou), King of Molvania, has come to the United States to secure a loan for his country. But first he finds love with American girl Gladys Humphreys (Bessie Love). The pair have a delightful romance, with the king allowing himself to behave like a real, down-to-earth fellow for once in his life. He even gets to visit Coney Island. Millionaire Arthur Trent (Joseph Kilgour) wants Serge to sign a lease for some Molvania oil fields. When he finds him on a balcony with Gladys, he locks the both of them out for the night. In order to save Gladys' reputation, the king signs the lease the next morning. In the interests of protocol and his country, Serge returns to Molvania and marries the proper princess, while Gladys finds herself an American husband.