His Majesty, the American
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Henabery
Written byJoseph Henabery
Douglas Fairbanks
Produced byDouglas Fairbanks
StarringDouglas Fairbanks
Marjorie Daw
CinematographyVictor Fleming
Glen MacWilliams
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 1, 1919 (1919-09-01)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
The film
The film

His Majesty, the American is a 1919 American comedy film directed by Joseph Henabery and starring Douglas Fairbanks.[2] It was the first film produced by United Artists.[3] Several copies of the film exist in archives and collections.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Bill (Fairbanks), whose hair raising antics have made him the talk of New York City, decides to leave the metropolis after a new district attorney starts cracking down on minor offenses, and visits Mexico in search of adventure. He receives a telegram for a foreign country asking him to come at once to its capital. At the train station he is met by a mysterious stranger and told he will be summoned when the time is right. A rebellion is brewing and the plotters seek to capture him, but Bill eludes them. The King (Southern) gathers his court around him while the rabble, headed by the traitorous Minister of War, storm the castle. Bill dons the uniform of an army officer and goes to an outlying garrison, and returns to the capital with the troops and restores quiet. The King presents Bill as heir apparent and future ruler of the country. Bill's romance with a pretty member of the court is allowed to progress to the altar.


See also


  1. ^ Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.
  2. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: His Majesty, the American". silentera.com. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  3. ^ Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.
  4. ^ "Reviews: His Majesty, the American". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (12): 63. September 13, 1919.