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Prince Wolfram is the betrothed of mad Queen Regina V of Kronberg. Supreme ruler, her word is law and he is a playboy. On maneuvers as punishment for partying with other women, he sees Kelly walking the the other students of a convent. He is intrigued by her beauty and wants her. He kidnaps her that night from the convent and takes her to his room and professes his love for her. When the Queen finds them together the next morning , she whips Kelly and throws her out of the castle. Regina then puts Wolfram into prison for not wanting to marry the Queen. Kelly goes to German East Africa to visit her dying Aunt and is forced to marry the disgusting Jan. The Aunt dies after the wedding and Kelly refuses to live with Jan and becomes the head of Aunties Brothel. Her extravagances and style earn her the name 'Queen Kelly' and Prince Wolfram does not marry Queen Regina V. Written by
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Producer Walter Futter purchased the negative for the film in 1939 for $10,000. Apparently he wanted to make use of footage from the European sequences to cheaply make a spy thriller set in a fictitious Balkan country. No such film was apparently ever made. See more »
The positions of the two different groups, the troops and the convent girls, are constantly changing in relation to the shrine on Kambach road. See more »
[as Wolfram and Fritz are racing their horses down the street]
Come on, Wild Wolfram! I've bet my nightie on you!
Come on, Fritz! She hasn't GOT a nightie!
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All the things that surrounded its making took their toll after all
My rating: 5.5/10
My opinion on the film:
Shot amidst a troubled production and practically an unfinished product, Erich von Stroheim's Queen Kelly is a film that had some magnificent moments and the delightful charm of leading lady Gloria Swanson was a pleasure to watch; additionally, the story was engaging, the romantic subplot was nicely done, and the Queen Regina V (played by Seena Owen) was an awesome villain. However, in the end it seems that all the things that surrounded its making took their toll after all.
The ending was very poor for several reasons. The version I saw was a re-edit that attempted to get closer to von Stroheim's original vision of his film. The final portion in some parts, aside from the intertitles, consisted of still images of certain scenes during the shooting that, I assume, never got to be properly filmed. Even the information provided by the title cards was somewhat lame and it made the whole thing feel not only rushed but unpolished as well.
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