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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 ...
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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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In the original British version, Merle Oberon had an uncredited minor supporting role, but this was deleted in the twenty minutes of footage that was eliminated from the USA release version, which opened in New York City in May 1932 and was first telecast on Turner Classic Movies in March 2009. See more »

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Mr. Westlake: And how goes things at the Palace? All your guests quite happy?
Max Tracey: Oh, much the same as usual, sir. Everyone tends to be pessimistic before dinner and optimistic after dinner.
Mr. Westlake: And the ladies?
Max Tracey: The sins of the mothers have become the principles of the daughters.
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Dinner Is Served
5 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Service For Ladies is an early film by producer Alexander Korda in Great Britain before he started his London Film Company. This one was made under the auspices of Paramount Pictures shot over on the other side of the pond and released in America and in the United Kingdom under their white mountain banner.

I'm not sure how well it did here because it deals with the European concept of class distinctions. Not that we don't have it here, but in America it usually involves money. Over there it's titles.

Leslie Howard plays the head waiter at a posh London night spot where Morton Selten and daughter Elizabeth Allan are dining out. One look at her and he chases her to the continent when he hears she's going to a resort. And she gets it in her head that Howard is some kind of royalty. After all there is a king from some unnamed country vacationing there who knows Howard who is played by George Grossmith. Of course the king's dined at Howard restaurant before.

Service For Ladies is kind of a Cinderella story in reverse where the boy is the one who gets the magical evening. Howard plays the role with his usual charm. I'm sure it did well over in Europe, I can't see it having much of a market in Depression America. Still it's a nice dated antique of a film.


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