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The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 27 March 1937 (USA)
Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with... See full summary »

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Alfred Bruger VII (as Fernand Gravet)
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Miss Dorothy Ellis
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Count Humbert Evel Bruger
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Donald Taylor
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Duchess Anna of Elberfield
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Babette Latour
Luis Alberni ...
Gaston
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Folies Bergère Soloist
Al Shaw ...
Folies Bergère Entertainer (as Shaw)
Sam Lee ...
Folies Bergère Entertainer (as Lee)
Lionel Pape ...
Prof. Kornish
Leonard Mudie ...
Footman
Adrian Rosley ...
Concierge (as Adrian Roseley)
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Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with enough money to live an idle life in Paris with dozens of servants. He hasn't seen daylight in years; he prefers instead to drink himself into a stupor regularly. He's phenomenally bored, and a routine trip to a tedious cabaret finds a chorus girl flirting with him. He calls her to his apartment, apparently to seduce her as he's done many times before, but when she comes, he's passed out. Her outrage gives Humbert and Anna the idea that might bring Alfred out of his unhappy ennui - tell him she didn't come, and have her act as though he weren't so important after all. He of course pursues her with vigor and is snapped out of his apathy. But what happens if she falls in love with him? Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Grand Passion  »

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Footman: [watching Alfred going into the 'Franco-Americain Restaurant'] *Look* where he's going! Why, *I* wouldn't even eat in there.
Chauffeur: He'll get poisoned!
Footman: Yes. And they serve it in such small portions.
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Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
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Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung a cappella and hummed by Fernand Gravey
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Memo to Groucho: Keep your day job!
12 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joan Blondell is sexy, in a frumpy sort of way, and she somehow manages to be both pretty and ugly at the same time. Think of her as the Lisa Kudrow of her day. In this movie Joan acts opposite Fernand Gravet, Belgium's greatest import since waffles. Try not to think of him at all. And they both act opposite Edward Everett Horton, a whimsically asexual chap who elevated flittering to an art form. Think of him as the Jm J. Bullock of his day. But, of course, the actors are secondary to the screenwriter in this pleasantly forgettable film, as the man behind the typewriter was none other than Groucho Marx, the Groucho Marx of his day. Groucho's contributions to the screenplay are most noticeable near the beginning, in scenes of forced banter between Gravet and Horton, which only proves how unfunny Groucho the writer can be without Groucho the actor delivering the lines. If you're truly interested in how funny Groucho the writer can be, then avoid this film and read his autobiography Groucho and Me, or The Groucho Letters. If you want to see Joan Blondell in something good, rent A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. And if you absolutely must have a dose of Edward Everett Horton, watch Bullwinkle.


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