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The King (1936)

Le roi (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 27 October 1941 (USA)
King John IV of Cerdania (Victor Francen), who knows monarchs are a vanishing race but who plays his royalty role in state council or boudoir to the hilt, is in Paris to sign a treaty, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Pierre Colombier

Writers:

Gaston Arman de Caillavet (play) (as G.A. de Cavaillet), Emile Arène (play) (as E. Arène) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Victor Francen ... Le roi Jean IV de Cerdagne - en visite à Paris
Raimu ... M. Bourdier - un riche industriel et sénateur qui reçoit le Roi
Gaby Morlay ... Marthe Bourdier - la femme de l'industriel
Elvire Popesco ... Thérèse Marnix - une actrice célèbre
Hélène Robert ... Suzette Bourdier
Christian Argentin Christian Argentin ... Gabrier (as Argentin)
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Lelorrain
Gaston Dubosc ... L'évêque
Albert Duvaleix Albert Duvaleix ... Cormeau
Jean Gobet Jean Gobet ... Rivelot
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Sernin de Chamarande (as Ph. Hersent)
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... Fouchart
Frédéric Duvallès Frédéric Duvallès ... M. Blond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marguerite de Morlaye Marguerite de Morlaye ... La marquise de Chamarande
Edith Gallia Edith Gallia
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King John IV of Cerdania (Victor Francen), who knows monarchs are a vanishing race but who plays his royalty role in state council or boudoir to the hilt, is in Paris to sign a treaty, and becomes enmeshed in intrigue with an actress, Therese Mannix (Elvire Popesco) and involved in a bit of cuckoldry with YouYou Bourdier (Gaby Morlay), the ex-seamstress wife of a French senator, who is un-awed by money, power or the King's kisses. For his part, her husband, Senator Bourdier (Raimu), is glad to use his wealth, wife and collectivist ideals for social position, in spite of his democratic posing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Rex With Sex Appeal

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Comedy

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King of Cerdagne.
4 March 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Based on a successful play ,"Le Roi" has funny moments and boasts a dream of a cast :Victor Francen,Raimu,Gaby Morlay ,Elvire Popesco.....

One of its subject is familiar in the thirties and forties: the nouveau Riche,who's got the money and the old aristocrat ,who's got the ancestors :see also "Le Maître De Forges" ,"Les Nouveaux Riches " "Le Bal' and the masterpiece of the genre " Les Affaires Sont Les Affaires".

The Nouveau Riche (Raimu) would do anything to pull the rug out from under the marquis's ground:he did not want his daughter to marry his son,a commoner ('"it's unthinkable!) ,so he will take his revenge on him by stealing his lover and by entertaining his majesty the king of imaginary Cerdagne Jean The First .As his family is not used to move in the aristocrat world ,we have hilarious scenes à la "Madame Sans-Gene":the message in cipher Raimu uses to welcome his guests,his missus' problems with the refined language ,his daughter's doggerel..

But the movie has a contemporary feel too: the wealthy man is a democrat ,on the people's side ,he even passes for Red ,a true lesson in demagogy:the leftist politician welcomes a king,a bishop and colleagues who do not give a damn about the people's fate.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Les Films Modernes (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (R.C.A. Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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