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Meet the Prince

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Meet the Prince
Directed byJoseph Henabery[1]
Screenplay by
Based on"The American Sex"
by Frank R. Adams[1][2]
CinematographyKarl Struss[3]
Metropolitan Pictures Corporation[4]
Distributed byProducers Distributing Corporation[5]
Release date
  • August 9, 1926 (1926-08-09) (U.S.)[6]
Running time
6 reels;[1] 5,908 feet[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Meet the Prince is a lost[7] 1926 American comedy-drama[5] silent film directed by Joseph Henabery and starring Joseph Schildkraut and Marguerite De La Motte. It was produced by Metropolitan Pictures Corporation[4] and distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation.[5]


A bankrupt Russian prince (Schildkraut) and princess (Faye) come to New York's Lower East Side to escape a revolution at home. They hatch a plan to marry rich Americans. While pretending to be rich, the prince falls in love with a poor girl (De La Motte), who herself is trying to marry for money. The prince ends up marrying the poor girl, and his sister marries a butler, but they are all happily in love.[1][3][6]



The production included an accurate reproduction of the great reception room in the Grand Duke's palace at Petrograd, Russia.[4][9]


The film was not well received by reviewers.[10] The plot seemed drawn out, and Schildkraut, a skilled dramatic actor, was deemed miscast in his comic role.[1][3]


  1. ^ Gevinson 1997 lists Bessie Love as being in this film. However, no contemporaneous sources do, and it is not included in her autobiography's filmography. Her inclusion in the cast list may be an error, and is noted as such by some sources.[8]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Milne, Peter (July 3, 1926). "'Meet the Prince'—Prod. Dist. Corp. – Joseph Schildkraut in Comedy Drama of Russian Prince's Adventures in America". Moving Picture World. p. 39.
  2. ^ Adams, Frank R. (June 1925). "The American Sex". Munsey's Magazine. pp. 30–37.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the Prince". The Film Daily. July 18, 1926. p. 7.
  4. ^ a b c "Meet the Prince". Santa Ana Register. Santa Ana, California. October 28, 1926. p. 8.
  5. ^ a b c "Quick Reference Picture Chart". Moving Picture World. July 10, 1926. p. 123.
  6. ^ a b c Gevinson, Alan, ed. (1997). Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911–1960. p. 653. ISBN 978-0-520-20964-0.
  7. ^ "The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Meet the Prince". The Library of Congress.
  8. ^ Surowiec, Catherine A. (February 1987). "Bessie Love". Film Dope. No. 36. p. 35.
  9. ^ "Metropolitan Constructs Huge Sets for 'Meet the Prince'". Moving Picture World. June 5, 1926. p. 462.
  10. ^ Reid, Laurence. "Meet the Prince: Plot Never Gets Started and Action Is Slow". Motion Picture News. p. 152.

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