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The King Steps Out (1936)

Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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Cast

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Princess Elizabeth / Cissy (as Miss Grace Moore)
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Emperor Franz Josef
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Maximilian, Duke of Bavaria
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Col. Von Kempen
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Grand Duchess Sofia
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Louise
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Capt. Palfi
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Major
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Pretzelberger
George Hassell ...
Herlicka
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Chief of the Secret Police
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Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Gwen Verdon. See more »

Goofs

The Emperor's carriage is unoccupied when it first appears entering the palace but is occupied when it stops. See more »

Quotes

Barker at Shooting Gallery: Well, we all know the emporer plays second fiddle.
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Soundtracks

Stars in My Eyes
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Copyright 1936 Chappell & Co., Inc.
Sung by Grace Moore
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Not sure about this one...
8 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This one is tough to honestly evaluate. On the one hand you have Grace Moore and her wonderful voice, able and adequate supporting roles, notably by the always reliable and graceful Frieda Inescort, Franchot Tone and Walter Connoly, and of course Sternberg's direction. For me at least that's reason enough to watch any movie, even this one which in some ways is an utter disaster. On the other there's just too much silliness, foolishness and Herman Bing. He can be aggravating enough even in small doses but he does way too much of that trademark tongue rolling and quaking of his for my taste.

And then there's the ages of the real Sisi (Moore's character, Elisabeth of Bavaria) and Franz Josef (Tone's character). When Sisi married Franz Josef she was 16 and he 24, not 40 and 30, the ages of Moore and Tone respectively. Even given the generous poetic license the producers took with the real story which is nothing if not tragic, there's only one way to look at this movie. It is nothing more than a vehicle for Grace Moore. And maybe that's reason enough to watch it.


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