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The King on Main Street

The King on Main Street, also known as The King,[2] is a 1925 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Monta Bell and starring Adolphe Menjou and Bessie Love. The film is based on 1908 French play Le Roi by Gaston Arman de Caillavet, Robert de Flers and Emmanuel Arène, and was adapted for the screen by Bell.

The King on Main Street
Directed byMonta Bell
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byMonta Bell (adaptation)
Douglas Zoty (scenario)
Based onLe Roi
by Gaston Arman de Caillavet
Robert de Flers
Emmanuel Arène[1]
StarringBessie Love
Adolphe Menjou
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 25, 1925 (1925-10-25)
Running time
60 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The King on Main Street includes two sequences filmed in early two-strip Technicolor.[3] These sequences, along with a print of the film, still exist.[2]



King Serge IV of Molvania (Menjou) comes to a small American town, and falls in love with one of its residents, Mary Young (Love).[4][5]



The film was partially filmed on location in New York, New Jersey, and Coney Island.[1]

Bessie Love's performance of the Charleston in this film popularized the dance within the United States.[6][7]


The film did well at the box office, particularly in small town America.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Everson, William K. (November 24, 1964), "1925: Two Sophisticated Comedies", The Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society
  2. ^ a b The King on Main Street at
  3. ^ Pardy, George T. (November 7, 1925). "The King on Main Street". Motion Picture News.
  4. ^ "Amusements: Bessie Love at State". Reading Eagle. November 14, 1925.
  5. ^ "Very Interesting Romance Unfolded in Story in Which Famous Star Appears at Colonial for Two Days". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Bluefield, West Virginia. November 8, 1925. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Crimson Playgoer: The Metropolitan Opens its Doors to an Unlimited Public and a Very Fair Opening Attraction". The Harvard Crimson. October 21, 1925.
  7. ^ "The King on Main Street". Theatre Magazine. January 1926.

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