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The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 27 March 1937 (USA)
Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with... See full summary »

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Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fernand Gravey ... Alfred Bruger VII (as Fernand Gravet)
Joan Blondell ... Miss Dorothy Ellis
Edward Everett Horton ... Count Humbert Evel Bruger
Alan Mowbray ... Donald Taylor
Mary Nash ... Duchess Anna of Elberfield
Jane Wyman ... Babette Latour
Luis Alberni ... Gaston
Kenny Baker ... Folies Bergère Soloist
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Folies Bergère Entertainer (as Shaw)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Folies Bergère Entertainer (as Lee)
Lionel Pape ... Prof. Kornish
Leonard Mudie ... Footman
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Concierge (as Adrian Roseley)
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Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with enough money to live an idle life in Paris with dozens of servants. He hasn't seen daylight in years; he prefers instead to drink himself into a stupor regularly. He's phenomenally bored, and a routine trip to a tedious cabaret finds a chorus girl flirting with him. He calls her to his apartment, apparently to seduce her as he's done many times before, but when she comes, he's passed out. Her outrage gives Humbert and Anna the idea that might bring Alfred out of his unhappy ennui - tell him she didn't come, and have her act as though he weren't so important after all. He of course pursues her with vigor and is snapped out of his apathy. But what happens if she falls in love with him? Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Passion See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First American picture for French film star Fernand Gravey. See more »

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When Alfred catches up with Dorothy after her show, they turn a corner and a moving shadow of the person holding the boom microphone is briefly visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Duchess Anna of Elberfield: You're a very fortunate young lady, Miss Ellis.
Miss Dorothy Ellis: And a very nervous one. You see, I've never met royalty before. I don't think I'll know how to act. We haven't any royalty in America.
Count Humbert Evel Bruger: Well, I don't want to tell you how to run your country, but that is a mistake. A smart, well-dressed royalty - awfully good for the tourist trade.
Miss Dorothy Ellis: Well, we're getting along...
Count Humbert Evel Bruger: Oh, well... mmm-hmm... well, of course, if you're satisfied just to be getting along'!
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Although there is no onscreen directorial credit, the card "A Mervyn LeRoy Production" carries the presumption that LeRoy directed as well as produced, in the manner of early Fox films. See more »

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Featured in Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) See more »

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For You
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Kenny Baker
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A favorite of the Cinderella genre--
1 December 2003 | by IshallwearpurpleSee all my reviews

Since the first time I watched this a few years back, I have thought it was a little gem. As an older woman, I really enjoy Joan Blondell as the caberet chorus line gal, who catches the eye of a former king (Fernand Gravet) of a small country, who thinks she is flirting with him because in the act each girl is to pick one part of the audience to sing to.

As a lush who drinks and parties all night and sleeps all day, his retinue is most concerned about him. When Blondell spurns his advances which piques his interest, his staff (Edward Everett Horton & wife) decide to get her to keep doing it so he will try to win her. Of course, he keeps chasing her until she catches him.

The fun is in watching Gravet and Blondell interact with each other. Both are charming and we have fun right along with them. For a sweet and witty comedy from the 30's, I give it a 9/10 for pure sit back and enjoyment.


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