The king is a juvenile dolt who tries the patience of the shrewish queen. While she's in the throne room awaiting him, he's outside playing with guns, drilling his soldiers, and dallying ... See full summary »
The king is a juvenile dolt who tries the patience of the shrewish queen. While she's in the throne room awaiting him, he's outside playing with guns, drilling his soldiers, and dallying with the wife of a new minister. The queen catches him kissing her, her husband figures out that something fishy is going on, and the king tries his best to proceed with his plans for a night out. The queen contrives to keep him cuffed in the bedroom: king, queen, minister, and coquette end up in a game of musical beds. Will his royal highness get his night out? Written by
Not Langdon's Worst but There's Much Better Out There
King, The (1930)
** (out of 4)
Fair short from Hal Roach has a King (Harry Langdon) being terrified of the Queen (Thelma Todd) who is constantly abusing him. He ends up kissing another woman but he doesn't know that she's really married to his crazy adviser and the rest of the film has the King trying to keep the husband from finding out. THE KING isn't the best Langdon-Roach comedy but Lord knows it's certainly far from the worst. This isn't the worst movie out there but when you consider how many better shorts are out there it's really difficult to find a reason to recommend this to anyone. This was the third short that Todd appeared in with Langdon and it's actually the first to actually put her to good use. Her role here is certainly beefed up from previous films and you can tell she's starting to get her comic timing down and this is clear during one sequence where she chains herself to Langdon. Langdon, on the other hand, delivers the typical type of performance as he acts childish and pretends to be a 12-year-old boy. It was mildly entertaining seeing him playing a womanizer, although I'm sure many will doubt this. The pre-code elements of a married man kissing another married woman sets this film apart from many of the comedies from this era but in the end there's just not enough going for the film.
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