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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
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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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27 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grand Passion  »

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Trivia

Female lead Joan Blondell was a well-established actress for Warner Brothers by 1940, usually playing female best friend parts. See more »

Quotes

Miss Dorothy Ellis: Paris is very beautiful, isn't it?
Alfred Bruger VII: Very.
Miss Dorothy Ellis: Um, tell me--is it true you've never seen Paris by daylight?
Alfred Bruger VII: [surprised] Quite true!
Miss Dorothy Ellis: And, furthermore, is it true you haven't seen daylight for years?
Alfred Bruger VII: [laughing] Also quite true!
Miss Dorothy Ellis: Aren't you curious?
Alfred Bruger VII: Well, I have memories of the sun of my childhood days. 'Tisn't much. I think Edison's doing a better job.
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Crazy Credits

Although there is no onscreen directorial credit, the card "A Mervyn LeRoy Production" carries the presumption that LeRoy directed as well as produced, in the manner of early Fox films. See more »

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On the Rue de la Paix
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Folies Bergère chorus
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Joan Blondell Looked Beautiful
25 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed this classic 1937 film which was a very cute comedy about a King played by Fernand Gravet,(Alfred Bruger VII) who falls in love with a chorus girl played by Joan Blondell, (Miss Dorothy Ellis). Alfred Bruger the King fell in love almost immediately after viewing her as a chorus girl and wound up taking her to his home and she locked him in his own bedroom and would not let him out. There is plenty of comical games being played between this couple and they both fall deeply in love with each other. The King even hires an entire cruise ship to capture Dorothy Ellis in an effort to propose to her and never let her get away. Edward Everett Horton,(Count Humbert Evel Bruger) gave a great supporting role and added plenty of comedy in many scenes. If you look close, you will see Jane Wyman, (the former wife of President Ronald Regan).


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