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Love or a Throne (1913)

In a remote part of southern Germany there is a little kingdom, Rurania, which, in its small sphere, embraces all the political intrigues and sorrows of a larger kingdom. The monarch, ... See full summary »

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The Heir Apparent (as William Shay)
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Marianne - an Opera Singer
Carl Schroeder ...
The Heir's Younger Brother
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The Old Monarch (as Mr. Brenon)
George Edwardes-Hall
W. Calvo
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In a remote part of southern Germany there is a little kingdom, Rurania, which, in its small sphere, embraces all the political intrigues and sorrows of a larger kingdom. The monarch, Freiderich, old and weak, has two sons, the Crown Prince Wilhelm, and Albert. The king is a tool of his ministers and the early accession of Wilhelm is feared by them because of his evident strength and power. The Crown Prince, under an assumed name, has met the opera singer, Olga, and fallen in love with her. She, unaware of his true identity, has responded. While the young man remains in the distant city with his sweetheart the old king dies. The prince realizes his responsibilities, but at the same time knows that it means separation from the woman he loves. He decides to decline the throne. Olga, at the time that the prime minister pleads with him not to commit the sacrifice, discovers the prince's identity and she, too, pleads with him to return. In the meantime, seeing their hopes blighted in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 December 1913 (USA)  »

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Love or an Empire  »

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The settings are not quite so effective as they might have been
14 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This two reel film was produced abroad, in the grounds of a wealthy German near Berlin, and while the settings are not quite so effective as they might have been under the circumstances, they have an unusual appeal. The story tells about the love of a crown prince for an opera singer, whom he is called upon to renounce when his father dies and he becomes king. This he does, but when the girl saves his life during an attempt to assassinate him, he abdicates in favor of a younger brother. Miss Leah Baird plays the part of the opera singer with very good effect. - The Moving Picture World, January 10, 1914


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