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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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Babette Latour
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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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Grand Passion  »

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The script was co-authored by Groucho Marx and his dry wit is often present. See more »

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Folies Bergère Entertainer (Al Shaw): I've got a splittin' headache. I'm going to see a doctor.
Folies Bergère Entertainer (Sam Lee): Here, here. Come back, here, you. Don't you know that overtime I get a headache, my wife strokes my forehead for about 20 minutes and the pain is all gone! Why don't you try it?
Folies Bergère Entertainer (Al Shaw): Say that's a pretty good idea. What time will your wife be home?
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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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Featured in Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) See more »

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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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Can Dorothy cure the patient of what ails him?
23 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

King Alfred VII (Fernand Gravey) was deposed and now has little to do with himself but drink himself into oblivion and go to the Follies. His purposeless life is going to kill him if something doesn't happen soon. This something is one night when he does his typical routine---go to the Follies and get drunk. So how does it end up different and how does Dorothy (Joan Blondell) help him snap out of his ennui? And what do the ex-King's two most loyal retainers have to do with this?

This film has a most unusual writing team...Norma Krasna and Groucho Marx. Yes, THAT Groucho Marx! I had no idea he'd co-written a film. You really can't tell it has the Groucho touch, but it is a nice little romance. It also helps that Edward Everett Horton was there for support-- he's always grand in anything. Overall, cute and well worth seeing.


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