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The 15 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News announced that Douglas Fairbanks and his company were due in New York City that week to film several scenes. Afterward, they were scheduled to return to Universal City, CA, to complete the picture.
       Douglas Fairbanks starred in a 1931 United Artists release also entitled Reaching for the Moon , which was not based on this 1917 ... More Less

The 15 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News announced that Douglas Fairbanks and his company were due in New York City that week to film several scenes. Afterward, they were scheduled to return to Universal City, CA, to complete the picture.
       Douglas Fairbanks starred in a 1931 United Artists release also entitled Reaching for the Moon , which was not based on this 1917 film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
15 Sep 1917
p. 1826.
Motion Picture News
8 Dec 1917
p. 4044.
Motog
8 Dec 1917
p. 1209.
Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1917
p. 1478.
NYDM
4 Aug 1917
p. 845.
Variety
23 Nov 1917
p. 45.
Wid's
29 Nov 1917
pp. 767-68.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 November 1917
Production Date:
early fall 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Artcraft Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11685
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alexis Caesar Napoleon Brown entertains delusions of grandeur although he is only a lowly clerk in a New York button factory. Completely discouraged, he takes up a philosophy that claims that one may attain any object in life by concentrating one's mind on it, but he loses his job while trying to practice the philosophy on his boss. Encouraged by the fact that his late mother came from the kingdom of Vulgaria, Alexis concentrates on the subject of becoming a royal personage and falls asleep. Soon after, the minister of Vulgaria appears and states that the king is dead and Alexis must take the throne. Alexis accepts and travels to Vulgaria where he is kept busy dodging attempts made on his life by Black Boris, a pretender to the throne. While dueling for his life after insulting the homely Princess Valentina, his betrothed, Alexis falls over a cliff and awakens to discover that he has merely tumbled out of bed. Thus disabused of his fantasies, Alexis eagerly returns to his life in the button factory, proposes to Elsie Merrill, his down-to-earth sweetheart, and eventually finds happiness as a family man in a New Jersey ... +


Alexis Caesar Napoleon Brown entertains delusions of grandeur although he is only a lowly clerk in a New York button factory. Completely discouraged, he takes up a philosophy that claims that one may attain any object in life by concentrating one's mind on it, but he loses his job while trying to practice the philosophy on his boss. Encouraged by the fact that his late mother came from the kingdom of Vulgaria, Alexis concentrates on the subject of becoming a royal personage and falls asleep. Soon after, the minister of Vulgaria appears and states that the king is dead and Alexis must take the throne. Alexis accepts and travels to Vulgaria where he is kept busy dodging attempts made on his life by Black Boris, a pretender to the throne. While dueling for his life after insulting the homely Princess Valentina, his betrothed, Alexis falls over a cliff and awakens to discover that he has merely tumbled out of bed. Thus disabused of his fantasies, Alexis eagerly returns to his life in the button factory, proposes to Elsie Merrill, his down-to-earth sweetheart, and eventually finds happiness as a family man in a New Jersey suburb. +

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