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Modern sources include Adolphe Menjou in the cast. It is unclear whether Harry Smith served on the film as an assistant director or an ... More Less

Modern sources include Adolphe Menjou in the cast. It is unclear whether Harry Smith served on the film as an assistant director or an actor. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
26 Feb 16
p. 482.
MPN
4 Mar 16
p. 1320.
MPW
26 Feb 16
p. 1315.
New York Times
14 Feb 16
p. 11.
NYDM
27 Nov 16
p. 9.
Variety
18 Feb 16
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1916
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jealous of Mary Pickford's new motion picture contract, John Barrymore broods over having no imminent movie deal. Then, his butler, who is an amateur scenarist, gives him a script about a prince in love with Daisy, an American dancer, and therefore willing to try anything to get out of his arranged marriage with a princess. When the prince hears about Jack Merriwell, an American actor to whom he bears a remarkable resemblance, he enlists him to take his place at the palace while he and Daisy elope. As soon as Jack and the princess meet, they fall in love, but when diplomats discover the hoax, they decide that Jack must face a firing squad. Then, however, the princess, eager to go through with the marriage, celebrates her twenty-first birthday, which marks the beginning of her reign as supreme ruler of the kingdom. Her first official act is to pardon Jack, and her second is to marry him, after which Barrymore, finishing the script, decides to use it for his next ... +


Jealous of Mary Pickford's new motion picture contract, John Barrymore broods over having no imminent movie deal. Then, his butler, who is an amateur scenarist, gives him a script about a prince in love with Daisy, an American dancer, and therefore willing to try anything to get out of his arranged marriage with a princess. When the prince hears about Jack Merriwell, an American actor to whom he bears a remarkable resemblance, he enlists him to take his place at the palace while he and Daisy elope. As soon as Jack and the princess meet, they fall in love, but when diplomats discover the hoax, they decide that Jack must face a firing squad. Then, however, the princess, eager to go through with the marriage, celebrates her twenty-first birthday, which marks the beginning of her reign as supreme ruler of the kingdom. Her first official act is to pardon Jack, and her second is to marry him, after which Barrymore, finishing the script, decides to use it for his next film. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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