His Majesty, the American
His Majesty, the American is a 1919 American comedy film directed by Joseph Henabery and starring Douglas Fairbanks. It was the first film released by United Artists. Several copies of the film exist in archives and collections.
|His Majesty, the American|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joseph Henabery|
|Produced by||Douglas Fairbanks|
|Written by||Joseph Henabery|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
As described in a film magazine, Bill (Fairbanks), whose hair raising antics have made him the talk of New York City, decides to leave the metropolis after a new district attorney starts cracking down on minor offenses, and visits Mexico in search of adventure. He receives a telegram for a foreign country asking him to come at once to its capital. At the train station he is met by a mysterious stranger and told he will be summoned when the time is right. A rebellion is brewing and the plotters seek to capture him, but Bill eludes them. The King (Southern) gathers his court around him while the rabble, headed by the traitorous Minister of War, storm the castle. Bill dons the uniform of an army officer and goes to an outlying garrison, and returns to the capital with the troops and restores quiet. The King presents Bill as heir apparent and future ruler of the country. Bill's romance with a pretty member of the court is allowed to progress to the altar.
- Douglas Fairbanks as William Brooks
- Marjorie Daw as Felice, Countess of Montenac
- Frank Campeau as Grand Duke Sarzeau
- Sam Southern as King Phillipe IV
- Jay Dwiggins as Emile Metz
- Lillian Langdon as Princess Marguerite
- Albert MacQuarrie as Undetermined Role (credited as Albert McQuarrie)
- Bull Montana as Undetermined Role
- William Gillis as Undetermined Role (credited as Will Gillis)
- Phil Gastrock as Undetermined Role (credited as Phil Gastrox)
- Boris Karloff as The Spy (uncredited)
- Karla Schramm (uncredited)
- Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: His Majesty, the American". silentera.com. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
- Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.
- "Reviews: His Majesty, the American". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (12): 63. September 13, 1919.