The Prince and Betty (film)

The Prince and Betty is a lost[1] 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Robert Thornby. It features Boris Karloff in an uncredited role.[2][3] It is based on the novel The Prince and Betty written by P. G. Wodehouse.

The Prince and Betty
Advert for the film
Directed byRobert Thornby
Written byFred Myton
Based onThe Prince and Betty
by P. G. Wodehouse
StarringWilliam Desmond
Mary Thurman
CinematographyHarry W. Gerstad
Jesse D. Hampton Productions
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • December 21, 1919 (1919-12-21)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Benjamin Scobell (Taylor), possessed of the idea that he can make the Principality of Merve more famous than Monte Carlo, if properly advertised, employs the American John Maude (Desmond) to impersonate a prince and start a revolution. John, anxious to marry the wealthy Betty Keith (Thurman) but temporarily out of funds, accepts the assignment. Later he learns that Betty is the stepdaughter of Scobell and that she disapproves of his method of obtaining a livelihood, which upsets his plan completely. After the plot thickens, John and Betty make their escape from Merve to the United States and Scobell, finding John a resourceful fellow, employs him to look after his vast estate.


See also


  1. "Prince And Betty". September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Prince and Betty". Silent Era. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  3. "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  4. "Reviews: The Prince and Betty". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (27): 119. December 27, 1919.
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