Cast & Crew
C. Edward Roberts
At the last game of his college career, football star David de Portola is absent, much to the consternation of his fans. David has been kidnapped by a thug, but upon hearing the game on the radio and realizing that he is desperately needed, he manages to escape just in time to score the winning touchdown. When David arrives home, his guardian, Thornton, introduces him to two visitors from Translavia, General Marango and Baron Renaldo. To David's astonishment, they announce that because his uncle has died, making David the sole surviving de Portola, he will be crowned King of Translavia, a small country in central Europe. A typical American boy, David must learn to be a king, and his first action is to assign his clownish friend, Mickey, to the position of major domo. Once in Translavia, David must be confined to the palace until the coronation because his life is threatened by El Grenaldo, the ambitious "Black Duke" of Translavia. After a fencing lesson, however, David and Mickey manage to sneak out of the palace in disguise for a night on the town. Without realizing her true identity, they then help Princess Carmencita, who has refused to wed a king she has never seen, to flee the palace. The trio duck into a cafe, where by chance El Grenaldo has come to see the celebrated dancer Annette. A fight ensues during which David's true identity is revealed, and the melee ends only when the police, having been alerted to David's disappearance, arrive. Mickey concludes the evening in the arms of Annette, while David searches unsuccessfully for the mysterious Carmencita. On coronation day, David refuses the marriage that has been arranged for him and is subsequently taken prisoner by El Grenaldo, but does not put up a fight until he learns that it is Carmencita who has been chosen to be his bride. David escapes and, after a chase, rides a motorcycle up to the throne, much to Carmencita's relief. Mickey knocks El Grenaldo over the head when he threatens David, and the royal couple embrace.
C. Edward Roberts
David Sharpe, Mary Kornman and Mickey Daniels were former stars of the Our Gang comedies. A Hollywood Reporter production chart lists actors Roger Williams and Eddie Phillips as cast members, although they were not credited on the viewed print. Adventurous Knights was to be the first in a series of six Ajax films, titled the "Our Young Friends" series, however, only Roaring Roads (see below) and this film were made.