~If I Were King~
1920
~E-37-127: William Farnum~
~Plot Synopsis~
When vagabond poet François Villon learns of Grand Constable Thibault's conspiracy with the Duke
of Burgundy to overthrow King Louis of France, the constable orders the poet imprisoned.
Katherine, Louis' ward, visits Villon and, upon hearing his tale of betrayal, procures the poet's
release so that he may prove his charges. To accomplish this, Villon returns to the Fircone Tavern,
the site of the betrayal, to recite his verse entitled "If I Were King." Louis, visiting the tavern in
disguise, decides to appoint the poet constable in the place of Thibault, who deserted to the
Burgundian forces. The poet's term is to last one week, and at the end of that period, if he fails to
win Katherine's love, he is to be hung. In seven days, Villon conquers the duke's forces, foils a plot
to abduct the king, and is bravely about to ascend the scaffold when Katherine offers her life for his,
thus proclaiming the love that sets the poet free.  

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
Directed by: J. Gordon Edwards

Written by: E. Lloyd Sheldon

Based on the play If I Were King by Justin Huntly McCarthy (New York,
14 Oct 1901) and his novel of the same name (London, 1901).
~Cast~

William Farnum ...  François Villon
Betty Ross Clarke ...  Katherine de Vaucelles
Fritz Leiber ...  Louis XI
Walter Law ...  Thibault
Henry Carvill ...  Triestan
Claude Payton ...  Montigney
V.V. Clogg ...  Toison D'Or
Harold Clairmont ...  Noel
Renita Johnson ...  Huguette
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~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Fox Film Corporation

Producer: William Fox

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Released: August 9, 1920
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