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The hapless king of a small European nation must put up with a domineering queen, a daughter who wants to elope with her boyfriend, a peasant revolt and a scheming son who wants to be king himself and is plotting to take advantage of the situation. Written by
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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Lowell Sherman stars as a bored king on a European country. He faces a rebellious populace, a rebellious daughter (Mary Astor), and a repulsive wife (Nance O'Neill). Drawing room comedy has its moments and they all belong to Sherman and Astor. Sherman was a master at playing this kind of diffident character. Constantly rolling his eyes, pursing his lips, and waving around his always-present cigarette. It's almost a Bette Davis act before there was a Bette Davis.
J. Carroll Naish plays the Lenin-like revolutionary, Mischa Auer has a bit part as a flunkee, Anthony Bushell is the aide, Hugh Trevor is the prince, Robert Warwick is the bellowing general, and Gilbert Emery is funny as the butler.
Not great but certainly watchable and a must for fans of Lowell Sherman and Mary Astor!
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