The Prince and Betty (film)

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The Prince and Betty
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Directed by Robert Thornby
Written by Fred Myton
Based on The Prince and Betty
by P. G. Wodehouse
Starring William Desmond
Mary Thurman
Cinematography Harry W. Gerstad
Jesse D. Hampton Productions
Distributed by Pathé Exchange
Release date
  • December 21, 1919 (1919-12-21)
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Prince and Betty is a lost[1] 1919 American silent comedy film directed by Robert Thornby. It features Boris Karloff in an uncredited role.[2][3] It is based on the novel of the same name written by P. G. Wodehouse.


As described in a film magazine,[4] Benjamin Scobell (Taylor), possessed of the idea that he can make the Principality of Merve more famous than Monte Carlo, if properly advertised, employs the American John Maude (Desmond) to impersonate a prince and start a revolution. John, anxious to marry the wealthy Betty Keith (Thurman) but temporarily out of funds, accepts the assignment. Later he learns that Betty is the stepdaughter of Scobell and that she disapproves of his method of obtaining a livelihood, which upsets his plan completely. After the plot thickens, John and Betty make their escape from Merve to the United States and Scobell, finding John a resourceful fellow, employs him to look after his vast estate.


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