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Professional Soldier (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 27 December 1935 (USA)
Mercenary Donovan is hired to kidnap King Peter II. He learns that the party in power is evil and that the King is in danger, so kidnaps the King to keep him safe while a revolution is planned.

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Tay Garnett

Writers:

Gene Fowler (screenplay), Howard Ellis Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Col. Michael Donovan
Freddie Bartholomew ... King Peter II
Gloria Stuart ... Countess Sonia
Constance Collier ... Lady Augusta
Michael Whalen ... George Foster
C. Henry Gordon ... Gino
Pedro de Cordoba ... Stefan Bernaido
Lumsden Hare ... Paul Valdis
Walter Kingsford ... Christian Ledgard
Lester Matthews ... Prince Edric
Dixie Dunbar ... Entertainer
Rollo Lloyd ... Cabinet Member
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Monsieur Le Noir
Sam Savitsky Sam Savitsky ... Mischa (as General Savitsky)
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In a mythical kingdom, a rugged soldier-of-fortune, Michael Donovan (Victor McLaglen), is hired to kidnap King Peter II (Freddie Bartholomew), the boy king, so that a new political party can take control of the country. The young king is in favor of the scheme because it will allow him to get away and have fun. His whereabouts are discovered and Donovan and his accomplice, George Foster (Michael Whalen), are thrown into prison. They break out when they realize the King's life is in danger and the political party wishing to gain control is evil. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE STAR OF DAVID COPPERFIELD!...THE HERO OF "WHAT PRICE GLORY"!...THE DIRECTOR OF CHINA SEAS! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago-Gangster See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was originally planned as a Wallace Beery vehicle before Victor McLaglen was cast. Michael Whalen and Constance Collier replaced Franchot Tone and Edna May Oliver. See more »

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Joan of Arkansas
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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The big soldier and the little king
14 August 2000 | by gboozerSee all my reviews

Former real-life mercenary Victor McLaglen plays a professional soldier who is hired to kidnap a king, but he gets much more than he bargained for in Freddie Bartholomew. This isn't meant to be a heavyweight film, but it is humorous and sweet and the two main characters are truly enjoyable. I can't wait till I find a copy of my own.


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