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The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 22 May 1936 (USA)
A woman pretends to be royalty in order to get aboard a cruise ship.

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A Swedish princess boards an ocean liner in Europe en route to an acting career in America, and finds herself getting inconveniently attached to a bandleader returning home. To complicate matters, a blackmailer on board apparently knows she is not who she claims to be - and he has his sights set on other passengers with secrets of their own. In the meantime an escaped killer has stowed away under someone else's identity, and is killing again to cover his tracks; five international police detectives on board are heading the investigation to find him. When evidence points to the princess and bandleader, they must find the killer themselves - before he finds them. Written by scgary66

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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Pat Flaherty and Creighton Hale (Officers), André Cheron (French Man) and Larry Steers (Assistant Purser). See more »

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King Mantell: Your Highness, there's something wrong with your tub.
Princess Olga: Vat?
King Mantell: Yes, you see, the water runs in and it runs out, but the trouble is it runs out faster than it runs in. I discovered it this morning when I was trying to take a bath. It can only draw about that much water
[his fingers show an inch]
King Mantell: and you can't take a bath with that much water
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Princess Olga: Vell, if you're a ploomb-er, why don't you fix it?
King Mantell: Well, I'm not a ploomb-er, uh, I mean, a plumber, but I think I could fix it. Have you ...
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Awake in a Dream
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Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Light comedy and crime on the high seas
7 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This second pairing of Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray is the least funny of their comedies. And that may be due in part to the mixed genre of "The Princess Comes Across." It's as much a mystery-thriller, but also not very strong in that category. Then it has some romance and some music. It's a bit too much to pack into 76 minutes and expect a film to be outstanding or exceptional.

This isn't to say that the film isn't worth watching. It is entertaining and fun to watch. Lombard and MacMurray are both good in their own right, most of the time. But, there's crime aboard their ship in this film. And the stars share screen time with a band of international detectives. Those sleuths and other lesser roles are played very well by some of the leading supporting actors of the era. But, this film just doesn't have the snappy dialog, witty script and clever zingers that other films have. Both stars are exceptionally adept at truly great comedy, and they show it in their other two comedies together, and in comedies with other co-stars.

Princess is a lighter comedy, slightly romantic movie with a little mystery. It makes for nice viewing on a lazy or relaxed evening.


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