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The King on Main Street


The King on Main Street, also known as The King, is a 1925 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Monta Bell and starring Adolphe Menjou and Bessie Love. The film was adapted for the screen by Bell, and was based on the play The King, Leo Ditrichstein's adaptation of the 1908 French play Le Roi by Gaston Arman de Caillavet, Robert de Flers, and Emmanuel Arène. It was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The King on Main Street includes two sequences filmed in early two-strip Technicolor. These sequences, along with a print of the film, still exist.

King Serge IV of Molvania (Menjou) comes to Manhattan to conduct business with Arthur Trent (Kilgour), but instead goes to Coney Island, where he meets Gladys Humphreys (Love) and John Rockland (Shaw). John, not knowing the king's royal identity, invites him to his home at Little Falls, New Jersey. The king falls in love with Gladys, but Trent catches them in a compromising situation, and blackmails the king into completing their business deal. The king leaves the United States and Gladys forever.

Bessie Love as Gladys Humphreys
Adolphe Menjou as King Serge IV of Molvania
Greta Nissen as Therese Manix
Oscar Shaw as John Rockland
Joseph Kilgour as Arthur Trent
Edgar Norton as Hugo Jensen
Mario Majeroni as Count Krenko
Carlotta Monterey as Mrs. Nash
Marcia Harris as Aunt Tabitha Young
Edouard Durand as Bourdier
Lois Wilson as Guest in Lobby (uncredited)
Jack La Rue as One of the King's Servants in Paris (uncredited)

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