Cast & Crew
Jean De Marguénat
Prince Jean of Axelbourg leaves his kingdom after a violent quarrel with his father and goes to Africa to join the Foreign Legion. Five years later, after the death of his father, Jean returns to Europe, where spies from the Axelbourg kingdom await him. At Jean's hotel in Marseille, Liétard, the chief of police of Axelbourg, arrives and tells him that his brother Léopold has ascended the throne and that the Baron d'Arnheim plans to wed Claire, Jean's former love. Jean is very shaken by the news about Claire, and Liétard reveals his true mission: to give Jean a generous allowance providing that he disappear for good. Jean accepts, but demands that he be returned certain letters which he has sent to Claire. He does not receive all the letters, and worried, he decides to return to Axelbourg, where no one is happy to see him. He realizes that the Baron d'Arnheim has the letters and plans to use them to blackmail Jean into leaving again. Jean takes the letters, promises to go into exile, but then returns to Claire's home and sets them on fire. He then goes to see his uncle, Count de Wavre, who has always promised to support him, and who now affirms that he can assume the throne, as Jean's brother Léopold is a crook. Prince Jean begins to take pleasure in life again and realizes that, with Claire, he can find the happiness he thought was lost forever.
Jean De Marguénat
Germaine Le Senne
This film was released in France in 1934. While a modern source states that Fox produced this film, this has not been verified in contemporary sources. In 1936, Twentieth Century-Fox distributed the film in the U.S. Although a French review gives the ending included in the above plot summary, the New York Times review for the 1936 New York showing states that "Prince Jean" fakes his own suicide by plunging his car over a cliff in order to avoid returning to the throne, then leaves with "Claire" to start a new life. Although sources state that the film includes songs, no information concerning the names of the songs has been located. Charles Méré's play was also the source for a 1928 French film of the same title, directed by René Hervil and starring Lucien Dalsace and Renée Héribel.