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|
|Directed by||Monta Bell|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||Monta Bell (adaptation)|
Douglas Zoty (scenario)
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
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)
Bessie Love's performance of the Charleston in this film popularized the dance within the United States.
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- "Amusements: Bessie Love at State". Reading Eagle. November 14, 1925.
- "Very Interesting Romance Unfolded in Story in Which Famous Star Appears at Colonial for Two Days". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Bluefield, West Virginia. November 8, 1925. p. 8.
- Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. pp. 406–7. OCLC 664500075.
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- "Crimson Playgoer: The Metropolitan Opens its Doors to an Unlimited Public and a Very Fair Opening Attraction". The Harvard Crimson. October 21, 1925.
- "The King on Main Street". Theatre Magazine. January 1926.
- The King on Main Street on IMDb
- The King on Main Street at AllMovie
- The King on Main Street at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The King on Main Street at the TCM Movie Database
- Clip from The King on Main Street featuring Bessie Love's Charleston on YouTube
- Lantern slide plate
- Lobby poster