The King on Main Street

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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 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

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 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 Manhattan to conduct business with Arthur Trent (Kilgour), but instead goes to Coney Island, where he meets Gladys Humphreys (Love) and John Rockland (Shaw). John, not knowing the king's royal identity, invites him to his home at Little Falls, New Jersey. The king falls in love with Gladys, but Trent catches them in a compromising situation, and blackmails the king into completing their business deal. The king leaves the United States and Gladys forever.[4][5][6][7]



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.[8][9]


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 "Progressive Silent Film List: The King on Main Street". Silent Era.
  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. ^ Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. pp. 406–7. OCLC 664500075.
  7. ^ Kodascope Libraries, Inc. (1932). Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library Motion Pictures. p. 187.
  8. ^ "Crimson Playgoer: The Metropolitan Opens its Doors to an Unlimited Public and a Very Fair Opening Attraction". The Harvard Crimson. October 21, 1925.
  9. ^ "The King on Main Street". Theatre Magazine. January 1926.

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