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His Royal Slyness (1920)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 8 February 1920 (USA)
An American book salesman (Lloyd) is persuaded to go to the kingdom of Thermosa to impersonate the Prince. He is greeted by a peasants' revolt before the real prince shows up to claim his ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Roach

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The American Boy
Mildred Davis ... Princess Florelle
'Snub' Pollard ... Prince of Roquefort (as Harry Pollard)
Gus Leonard ... King Louis XIVII&
Noah Young ... Count Nichola Throwe
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Storyline

An American book salesman (Lloyd) is persuaded to go to the kingdom of Thermosa to impersonate the Prince. He is greeted by a peasants' revolt before the real prince shows up to claim his throne and princess. The revolution succeeds and the American is elected president of the new republic. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

8 February 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der falsche Prinz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rolin Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Some prints of this film with latter-day title cards re-name several of the characters, calling the King "Louis XIVIIX&", misspelling the name of 'Snub' Pollard's character ("Requefort") and calling the bodyguard/tutor "Count Nichola Throwe" (i.e. Nickel-a-Throw). Prints featuring the original title cards do not use these names. The original name of the King, Razzamatazz, is confirmed in an insert shot of a telegram that appears in all prints. See more »

Goofs

The tapestries behind the king and queen appear to be Native American, not Mediterranean. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: The Prince's bodyguard and tutor. Gets a million lira a year for tooting.
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Connections

Remade as Long Fliv the King (1926) See more »

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All hail the silliness!
30 June 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Probably the most famous political satire from the inter-war era is the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup". However, Harold Lloyd had starred in one a decade earlier. "His Royal Slyness" casts him as an ordinary guy who just happens to resemble the visiting prince of a foreign country. When the prince doesn't want to return home, Lloyd's character goes in his stead. Because the country has an incompetent, self-serving government, and the peasants are rising up against it, that doesn't make things any easier for poor Harold!

This movie doesn't go for the jugular the way that "Duck Soup" did, but still sympathizes with the peasants (who wouldn't after seeing the worthless people who dominate the government?). It's no masterpiece but still a fun look at politics and the people's discontents therewith (which continue to this day).


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