The King on Main Street

The King on Main Street
Directed by Monta Bell
Written by Monta Bell (adaptation)
Douglas Zoty (scenario)
Based on Le Roi
by Gaston Arman de Caillavet
Robert de Flers
Emmanuel Arène[1]
Starring Bessie Love
Adolphe Menjou
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 25, 1925 (1925-10-25)
Running time
60 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The King on Main Street 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 Monte Bell.

King on Main Street includes sequences filmed in early, two-strip Technicolor. 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).[3][4]



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.[5][6]


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

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Everson, William K. (November 24, 1964), "1925: Two Sophisticated Comedies", The Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society
  2. The King On Main Street at
  3. "Amusements: Bessie Love at State". Reading Eagle. November 14, 1925.
  4. "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.
  5. "Crimson Playgoer: The Metropolitan Opens its Doors to an Unlimited Public and a Very Fair Opening Attraction". The Harvard Crimson. October 21, 1925.
  6. Theatre Magazine. January 1926. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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