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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Carole Lombard based her "Princess" character on Greta Garbo. See more »


Princess Olga: I had a good time. Who said: uneasy lies the head that wears the crown?
Lady Gertrude Allwyn: You know I was a married woman before I knew that Kings didn't sleep with their crowns on.
Princess Olga: Where do they put them? Under the bed?
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Kunstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played offscreen by a band on the ship
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Lombard does Garbo!
26 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

The main reason to see this fun, if slowly paced, comedy-mystery is to see a glowing Carole Lombard do an hilarious impersonation of Greta Garbo. She plays an American actress pretending to be a Swedish princess - and Carole has a ball sending up Garbo in the process. Also great to get a glimpse of pre-WW2 politics, with the detectives on board coming from all over the globe - including Germany, Russia and Japan. Great fun. What a shame we don't all travel by boat still!

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