Buckles are swashed in a most lavish manner. Lewis Stone plays an Englishman who must take his look-alike cousin’s place in order to save the throne, etc. etc. but Ramon Novarro steals the show as a deranged dandy. It’s easy to see why this was his breakout role.
Has fine passages but also has some incredibly boring stretches. Pacing issues aside, gorgeous direction and cinematography and some first-rate performances make this one worth seeing.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.The day is saved but our noble hero must give up the woman he loves to ensure the integrity of the royal line and all that.
If it were a dessert it would be: Devonshire Splits. Old-fashioned, polite, attractive and not likely to set the world on fire with a fresh perspective. Still pretty enjoyable, though.
Availability: Released on DVD by Warner Archive.
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