While critiquing this fairy tale-like romance, Motion Picture News noted the "youthful personality and girlish portrayal" of Marguerite Clarke (then a stage star who had just begun her cinematic career). Although Clarke was 32 years old when she played the title character, for quite a long while she showed quite a knack for playing much younger women. Monroe Salisbury plays handsome King Frederick, who has no desire to enter into a political marriage with a princess he has never seen. While traveling around the country in disguise, he encounters Gretchen, the Goose Girl (Clarke) and finds himself helping her round up her geese. The two fall in love, and Frederick has to save her from the lustful Count Von Wallenstein. It turns out that the princess Frederick was supposed to wed is an impostor -- she's merely the daughter of the chancellor, who had switched the girls at birth. Gretchen is the real princess, so Frederick's love for her meets with approval all around. This story was based on the novel by Harold MacGrath.
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