An American King (1914)

When Prince Stepan Norski decided that he would rather marry the Countess Maritza than preserve his rights as a member of the royal family of Balkia, the king, his father, was highly ... See full summary »

Director:

George Lessey

Writer:

Mark Swan
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Sutton Charles Sutton ... The King of Balkia
Ben F. Wilson ... Prince Jan Norski / John North (dual role) (as Benjamin Wilson)
Sally Crute ... Countess Maritza
Harry Linson Harry Linson ... Prince Ostravitch
Gladys Hulette ... Princess Sonia
Charles Ogle ... Prime Minister Baron Dubrowsky
Harry B. Eytinge Harry B. Eytinge ... Court Physician (as Harry Eytinge)
Julian Reed Julian Reed ... Griggs - North's Valet
Robert Brower ... Jefferson Bond
Margery Bonney Erskine Margery Bonney Erskine ... Mrs. Bond (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Gertrude McCoy ... Helen Bond
Richard Neill ... The Duke
Harry Beaumont ... Arthur Merritt
May Abbey ... Meska
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When Prince Stepan Norski decided that he would rather marry the Countess Maritza than preserve his rights as a member of the royal family of Balkia, the king, his father, was highly indignant. But Prince Stepan remained unmoved despite the royal threats and entreaties. He married Maritza and sailed to America, where, assuming the name of Stephen North, he settled down to the life of an American businessman. Sixty years later, John North, Prince Stepan's grandson, decided to go to Europe. He had several business interests to be sure, but the main reason for his decision was the fact that Helen Bond was sailing for the continent with her mother and father, John North was very fond of Helen. Moreover, Helen liked John, so there was really no reason why they shouldn't have married. But Helen's mother was ambitions. She wanted her daughter to marry a title. At just about this time the older line of Balkia came to an end with the death of King Jan IX. The nest heir to the throne was ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Romantic Drama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It suggests many unrealized possibilities
9 May 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A film story, following along the lines laid by "The Prisoner of Zenda" and other novels of the best selling class. The young American, played by Benj. F. Wilson, comes of royal blood and is called to the throne of Ballda. He appoints his chum as aide and some amusing situations occur. The story is well handled and nicely staged, but it suggests many unrealized possibilities, both in the way of humor and dramatic action. It is interesting as it stands, but more play should have been given to the imagination. The photography is smooth and attractive. - The Moving Picture World, February 21, 1914


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