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Reserved for Ladies (1932)

Service for Ladies (original title)
Falling in love with the aristocratic Sylvia Robertson (Elizabeth Allen), Max poses as a European prince, enlisting the aid of an amiable Ruritanian monarch (Lawrence Grossmith) who owes him a favor.

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Max Tracey
George Grossmith ...
The King (Mr. Westlake)
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Countess Ricardi
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Sylvia Robertson (as Elizabeth Allen)
Morton Selten ...
Mr. Robertson
Ben Field ...
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Falling in love with the aristocratic Sylvia Robertson (Elizabeth Allen), Max poses as a European prince, enlisting the aid of an amiable Ruritanian monarch (Lawrence Grossmith) who owes him a favor.

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20 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Filmed in the transitional early sound ratio of 1.20:1, the modern day adaption to the standard post 1931 4:3 ratio results in the tops of heads being cropped off in several scenes. See more »

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Sylvia Robertson: [nods toward foreigner] Russian.
Mr. Robertson: Armenian.
Sylvia Robertson: Maybe Bulgarian.
Mr. Robertson: Vulgarian.
[chuckles]
Mr. Robertson: Whatever he is, he's got whiskers like a goat.
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Version of Monsieur Albert (1932) See more »

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early talkie with Leslie Howard
9 March 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

When stylish Sylvia Robertson (Elizabeth Allan) keeps dropping her packages, Max (Leslie Howard) keeps picking them up and returning them to her. He follows her back to her hotel, and asks the clerk about her, and the clerk is quite willing to tell all about her -- so much for privacy! Then we see Max speaking with Countess Ricardi (Benita Hume), who is calling from her bathtub. Max heads off to work, and manages to find out where Sylvia is going on holiday, so he decides to follow her (like a stalker....) This love triangle is one of the early talkies, and there are some clever lines and comedy moments via the identity mixups and surprises. The middle portion of the story supposedly takes place in an exotic European ski lodge, but I'm sure it was all done in a film lot on Paramount UK studios. Our story, originally by Ernest Vajda, ends up being a statement on love between the classes. Everyone behaves badly, but the best performance is by Morton Selten, as Sylvia's father. Enjoyable film, but I personally thought the ending was a little abrupt; it ties up some loose ends, and leaves us with another funny scene. Now, on IMDb, "run time" shows UK version 93 minutes, but US version only 73 minutes, and that is indeed what we saw on Turner Classic... That may explain why the end is so abrupt... what's in those missing 20 minutes ?? This1932 version seems to be a remake of the 1927 silent film, which starred Adolphe Menjou.


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