This 1915 drama was produced by Vitagraph Company and was Norma Talmadge's last film with Vitagraph. Sadly it now remains a lost silent film and I have found an original film review to share with the reader.
THE CROWN PRINCE'S DOUBLE (Vitagraph--Five Parts--Feb. 7).--The cast: Prince Oscar of Ostrau and Barry Lawrence, a clerk (Maurice Costello) ; King Gustave (Howard Hall) ; Byron Hagar (Anders Randolf) ; Peter Hart (Thomas Mills) ; Minister of State (Thom Brooke) ; Detective Brennan (Daniel Leighton) ; Shirley Rives (Norma Talmadge) ; Isabelle Hart (Ana Laughlin) ; Mrs. Wilmerding (Leila Blau); Produced by Van Dyke Brooke.
Oscar, son of Gustave, King of Ostrau, is saved from a forced marriage by a revolution in the kingdom, and leaves for the United States, accompanied by Peter Hart, his American friend and adviser. In New York he meets Barry Lawrence, a young bookkeeper, out of a job through the rascally work of a fellow clerk and Prince Oscar's perfect double.
The prince has met and quietly married Isabelle, an American girl, and wishing to renounce his claim to the throne and become an American citizen, he changes identities with Barry. King Gustave learns of his son's marriage and, horrified, sends Baron Hagar, Chief of Police, to bring back Oscar, by force if necessary. Barry accordingly poses as the Prince in disguise, and takes up his abode in the Hotel St.Albans, and Hart, let into the secret, sets Baron Hagar's henchmen on Barry's trail. After some startling adventures, Barry, bewildered by it all, is kidnapped; likewise, Shirley, niece of Mrs. Wilmerding, a wealthy woman, the detective working on the case images she must be "the Prince's wife."
Barry escapes and accuses Hart of causing all his troubles; then sets out to rescue Shirley. Hagar arrives to interview Shirley, whom he supposes to be Isabelle, wife of Oscar, and is stunned to confront a stranger. Complications and surprises accumulate rapidly when Barry arrives, and immediately after him Oscar. Every one is astounded as the two men, dressed and looking exactly alike, meet face to face. Then explanations are made which result in the chagrin of the baffled Hagar, the uniting of Barry and Shirley, while Oscar-Prince no longer-proudly announces that his American citizenship papers and his American bride more than recompense him for the kingdom he has lost.
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