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.
|Directed by||Donald Crisp|
|Produced by||Cecil B. DeMille|
|Written by||Jeanie MacPherson |
Douglas Z. Doty
|Based on||Young April (novel)|
by Egerton Castle
|Cinematography||J. Peverell Marley|
|Distributed by||Producers Distributing Corporation|
|7 reels; 6,858 feet|
|Language||Silent (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.
- Joseph Schildkraut as Prince Caryl
- Rudolph Schildkraut as King Stefan
- Bessie Love as Archduchess Victoria
- Bryant Washburn Prince Michael
- Clarence Geldart as Krutchki
- Alan Brooks as Jerry Lanningan
- Dot Farley as Maggie
- Carrie Daumery as Countess Morne
- Joseph Belmont (billed as Baldy Beldmont) as Hans or Ivan
- Jeanette Loff as Extra (uncredited)
- Clarence Wilson as Flower vendor (uncredited)
Release and reception
Young April had its New York premiere at the Hippodrome. The film, particularly the production, received positive reviews.
- Castle, Egerton (1899). Young April. New York: Macmillan Co. OCLC 640013605.
- 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.
- Sewell, C.S. (September 11, 1926). "'Young April'—Prod. Dist. Corp". Moving Picture World. p. 112.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Young April". Silent Era.
- "Class 8—Dramas". Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library Motion Pictures. 1932. pp. 203–4.
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- Young April on IMDb
- Young April at AllMovie
- Young April at the TCM Movie Database
- Young April at the British Film Institute
- Lobby cards
- Stills and review at moviessilently.com