Young April

Young April is a 1926 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Donald Crisp, and starring Bessie Love, Joseph Schildkraut, and Rudolph Schildkraut. The film was produced by Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation. The film has survived and has been released on home video.[4]

Young April
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Directed byDonald Crisp
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Written byJeanie MacPherson
Douglas Z. Doty
Based onYoung April (novel)
by Egerton Castle[1][2]
StarringBessie Love
Joseph Schildkraut
Rudolph Schildkraut
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
Distributed byProducers Distributing Corporation
Release date
  • October 11, 1926 (1926-10-11)
Running time
7 reels; 6,858 feet[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Prince Caryl of Belgravia (Joseph Schildkraut) is to be married to Archduchess Victoria (Love), whom he has never met. He rebels by stealing the royal crown and going to Paris to pawn it and enjoy the money. Victoria, who has been raised an orphan in America, is told of her title and upcoming wedding, and goes to Paris for a final week of freedom and a shopping spree. While in Paris, she buys the royal crown and meets—and falls in love with—Caryl, each not knowing the other's royal identity.

Caryl's unethical brother Prince Michael (Washburn) comes to Paris, and prevents Victoria from revealing her identity to Caryl, who renounces his title to be with her. Michael kidnaps Victoria, but Caryl rescues her via an elaborate change involving carriages, cars, and airplanes.[2][3][5]


Release and reception

Young April had its New York premiere at the Hippodrome.[3] The film, particularly the production, received positive reviews.[5]


  1. Castle, Egerton (1899). Young April. New York: Macmillan Co. OCLC 640013605.
  2. 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. p. 933. OCLC 664500075.
  3. Sewell, C.S. (September 11, 1926). "'Young April'—Prod. Dist. Corp". Moving Picture World. p. 112.
  4. "Progressive Silent Film List: Young April". Silent Era.
  5. "Class 8—Dramas". Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library Motion Pictures. 1932. pp. 203–4.

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