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King Kelly of the U.S.A. (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  15 September 1934 (USA)
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A theatrical troupe headed by a flashy showman finds itself in the tiny--and bankrupt--kingdom of Belgardia. The showman falls in love with the daughter of the dotty king, who has promised her to another. Complications ensue.



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Complete credited cast:
Guy Robertson ...
James W. Kelly
Edgar Kennedy ...
Happy Moran
Irene Ware ...
Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
King Maxmilian of Belgardia
Franklin Pangborn ...
J. Ashton Brockton
Maxine Latour
Wilhelm von Brincken ...
Stranger (as Wm. L. von Brincken)
Otis Harlan ...
Prime Minister
Lorin Raker ...
William Orlamond ...
Prince Alexis
Bodil Rosing ...
Sylvia, Tania's Chaperone


A theatrical troupe headed by a flashy showman finds itself in the tiny--and bankrupt--kingdom of Belgardia. The showman falls in love with the daughter of the dotty king, who has promised her to another. Complications ensue.

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15 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Irish and Proud of It  »

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The ship they are all sailing on to France is apparently the Ile de France, though whether her cabins and decks looked like those portrayed in the film is anyone's guess. See more »


There's a Love Song in the Air
Music by Joe Sanders
Lyrics by Bernie Grossman
Sung by Guy Robertson and the marching mop ladies
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Hooray for Monogram!
9 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Exremely funny, well written and well directed, this 1934 Monogram farce is a genuine find...if you find it. This film belongs up there with the celebrated Paramount comedies DUCK SOUP and MILLION DOLLAR LEGS satirizing crazy European Kingdoms which features so prominently in pre fascist operettas. By 1934 Monogram were a well established B grade company which had a few breakout big income hit films: THE 13TH GUEST and GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST to name two. This film clearly was possibly their biggest budget film with excellent production values and lavish sets...especially when the cast get to Belgardia. I would love to know which other studio they went to for some castle scenes as they clearly are not on the Monogram lot. However the palace interiors are as impressive as Duck Soup mentioned above. The first half of the film is set on an passenger ship, previously an elaborate and sturdy set seen in their own 1933 drama MYSTERY LINER. KING KELLY gets even better as it goes along for all of its 66 minutes. By the time they have turned the palace into a fun park, sliding down bannisters, and give away mops as prizes..whilst warbling the same creaky ditty over and over which eventually becomes a 'mop production number' Merry Widow style - and thus saving the economy (the kingdom only makes mops, but the world has turned to vacuum cleaners!) we are clearly in screwball / satire territory. This is a lovely film, witty, clever and well made. It deserves major appreciation. Believe it or not I bought it today as part of a Payless DVD Mega Musical Pack of 50 DVD movies for $22 (yes 40c a movie!) which includes never seen gems like Glorifying the American Girl, Killer Diller, All American Co-Ed, Trocadero, and many PRC Monogram Republic and various indie pix from the 30s and 40s. However, KING KELLY is a standout...and a delicious discovery at that. Character actor Ferdinand Gottschalk is utterly hilarious as King Max, the nervous bicycle riding leader of this hilarious kingdom...his wobbly ride out of the palace is truly a great comedy scene. KKELLY even has an animated sequence! What a find!

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