MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 18,204 this week

Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934)

 -  Comedy  -  11 December 1934 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 55 users  
Reviews: 4 user

In Paris, a stage-struck would-be actor is mistaken for an escaped convict.

Director:

(as Max Nossek)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 124 titles
created 5 months ago
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934)

Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Le roi des Champs-Élysées.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

Directors: Zion Myers, Jules White
Stars: Buster Keaton, Anita Page, Cliff Edwards
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.

Directors: Irving Cummings, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, J. Edward Bromberg
Film (1965)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Schneider
Stars: Buster Keaton, Nell Harrison, James Karen
Daydreams (1922)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Renée Adorée, Edward F. Cline
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Elmer Doolittle,a hired hand on a farm,encounters some complications in his romancing and believes he will have to marry the farm-owner aunt of Molly, the pretty girl he loves. Further ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Buster Keaton, Dorothea Kent, Jane Jones
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Elmer Doolittle (Buster Keaton), an apprentice seaman doing training at the U. S. Navy's San Diego Training Station, can't seem to keep out of trouble or the brig. Most of his problems ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Buster Keaton, Vernon Dent, Dorothea Kent
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Scoutmaster falls for a beautiful young carhop, but finds that a beefy traffic cop is also courting her--and he doesn't want any competition.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Buster Keaton, Lona Andre, Harold Goodwin
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
The Garage (1920)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Molly Malone
Blue Blazes (1936)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Buster becomes a fireman, but unfortunately not a particularly good one. He has a chance to prove himself, however, when three women are trapped in a burning building.

Directors: Raymond Kane, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Arthur L. Jarrett, Marlyn Stuart
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Elmer and his girlfriend run away to elope and spend their trip trying to dodge the police who are on their trail after they mistakenly make their getaway in a police car.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Buster Keaton, Dorothea Kent, Broderick O'Farrell
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Buster Garner / Jim le Balafré
Madeleine Guitty ...
Madame Garnier
Paulette Dubost ...
Germaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Blot ...
(as Blot)
Lucien Callamand ...
(as Callamand)
Paul Clerget
Colette Darfeuil ...
Simone
Jacques Dumesnil ...
Un gangster (as Dumesnil)
Gaston Dupray ...
(as Dupray)
Jim Gérald
Franck Maurice
Pierre Piérade ...
(as Piérade)
Henry Prestat
Edit

Storyline

Buster Garnier is having a very bad day, even by his standards. First of all he manages to lose his job distributing flyers for a car company when he accidentally hands out packets of real notes instead of the false money-off vouchers; then he blunders into a stage performance at the theatre where his mother is prompt, and gets thrown out there too. Methodically, he drapes a black band across his own portrait, writes a last note to his mother, bids farewell to his pets one by one, switches on the gas tap, and composes himself calmly on the floor to await oblivion. But Life hasn't had its last laugh at his expense just yet... Meanwhile, across town, a scarred and ruthless gangster is preparing to break out of jail. Unknown to either man, the two of them are almost exactly alike; and when Buster finds himself on stage in the role of a jail-bird, fact and fiction are about to get extremely confused! Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The King of the Champs Elysees  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is a rare movie in which Buster Keaton actually smiles at the end. See more »

Goofs

Buster Keaton did not speak French, so his dialog in this Paris-made talkie was dubbed by an actor whose vocal pitch was an incongruous tenor. In one scene with Colette Darfeuil (who played Simone) the dubbing engineer missed a line, and we can plainly hear Buster say "Go get me a drink" in English, in his distinctive gravelly voice. See more »

Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
mixed
18 March 1999 | by (Arlington, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Someone in France must have thought to exploit the potential of Buster as a schlemiel and a comic mime (which is his character in a nutshell, no?). Certainly this movie respects and uses him better than, say, "What, No Beer?" He is the central character and he gets a chance to run & look beleaguered, but the film lacks any sort of brilliance or madcap inventiveness, except in little details where Buster may have been adlibbing. It's worth seeking out for Keaton fans, for a few reasons: Buster gets to speak French (though he is speaking the lines, his voice is dubbed with a sort of scratchy French voice -- except at one point where his actual voice says "Ouvrir la porte!"); he gets to play a bad guy, an escaped American gangster who leads a chase for the "good" Buster & who shoots cops as he flees them (a surreal perversion of Buster's usual dilemma); and, probably the strangest sight, which comes just before the final fade (to "Fin") where Buster gets the girl, says "Oh, Baby!" and breaks into a big grin. Keaton fans can just imagine how odd it is to see that smileless face (& he remains stonefaced throughout the movie) lighten up and show how happy he is. The fact that this film is in unsubtitled French isn't too much of a drawback, since its sense is conveyed through action. Buster gets to dissolve societal order into chaos at least three times (he tosses away 5 million francs, he gets caught in a knight's helmet & disrupts a stage show, and he leads the cops & gangsters onto the stage of a very boring play, where they shoot each other & the stodgy orchestra, and rouses the audience from its lethargy). Some have said that this movie might have revived Keaton's career from its 1930's abyss, but I don't think so; the acting is too European and the setting is obviously not America, yet it's commonplace, rather than "exotic." It's true that Buster looks good and is in fine form, rather than seeming obviously drunk & depressed, but that doesn't necessarily relate to a movie's acceptance. A curio, particularly if you don't understand French.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I want to see!! eveli88
Discuss Le roi des Champs-Élysées (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?