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But what were those explosions?
Shells, my dear. The fact of the matter is, the revolutionaries stole General Northrup's artillery when he wasn't looking.
And they're trying to shell the palace?
It seems that way.
[Anne takes off her coat.]
What are you doing?
Do you think I'd go now?
But, my dear, you must go. This is your one chance; you can't lose it.
Too late, Father. I'm going to stay here because I love you. And because we must be together when they come.
Good for you, Anne.
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Royal Bed is watchable, but only just. I think it was intended to be a farce, but it doesn't have the pacing or the wit necessary for good farce. It's a one-joke film that goes on much, much too long. None of the actors stands out, and many of them fade right into the woodwork. The set and set decoration are mediocre and lack the necessary pomp and circumstance for a film set in a palace. The costume designer succeeds in providing overblown and farcical costumes for the men (many with baggy jackets topping ridiculously tight pegleg trousers). However, the costume designer fails to provide the right farcical tone with the women's costumes. Astor wears a cute riding outfit complete with jodhpurs in the early part of the film, and then later a gorgeous wedding dress. The queen (who is supposed to be that stock character of farce--an interfering busybody) wears several wonderful outfits including a half-length fur stole over a classic walking dress, and a taffeta gown with a gloriously regal train. Overall, I give Royal Bed a 4 out of 10.
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