West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II)

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(based on the play by) (as Wm. Anthony McGuire), (based on the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dick Thorpe
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Rosalie
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King
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Queen
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Bill Delroy
Ilona Massey ...
Brenda
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Oloff
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Chancellor
Tom Rutherford ...
Prince Paul
Clay Clement ...
Captain Banner
Virginia Grey ...
George Zucco ...
General Maroff
Oscar O'Shea ...
Mr. Callahan
Jerry Colonna ...
Joseph
Janet Beecher ...
Miss Baker
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Storyline

West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hoheit tanzt inkognito  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were several dance numbers cut before the movie was released. The football game at the beginning was cut from several newsreels. Over 100 original West Point students appeared in that movie, and there are rumours that each of them who took part in one dance number, received a kiss by Eleanor Powell. See more »

Goofs

During the 'drum dance' sequence there are three rows of huge drums all sounding together. The drum sticks on the front row are synchronized so that they all hit the drum at the same time. The drum sticks in the second and third rows are out of synch with the first row yet their sound is in synch. See more »

Quotes

[at the football game]
Brenda: Why are cheering so loud?
Rosalie: We're in America. We have to act like the Americans do. Besides, I like it. Come on, NAVY!
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Parade
(uncredited)
Written by Herbert Stothart
Danced by the Albertina Rasch Dancers
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A Mixed Bag
14 March 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Writing comments about a movie like this one is difficult. The plot and dialogue are atrocious, but the score and visuals are first rate. So one splits the difference and gives it a "5." As some of the few comments thus far have implied, it is a formulaic comedy with loads of prominent character actors of the time reprising roles already played in other movies and on the radio. Audiences in 1937 were for the most part captive to that sort of thing. Diversity of tastes like that of today just did not exist, and everyone going to the movies in small-town America was inclined to go along with the gag mainly because it was literally the only show in town.

When as a lad I paid my 9 cents admission at the box office, I knew I was going to sit through anything they threw at me, including the newsreel at the beginning, the same old cartoons, a dumb serial episode with someone falling off a moving train at the end -- to be continued -- and a main feature in black-and-white that depended more on stock characters and situations than on anything new or scandalous.

Now I watch these same features on Turner Classic Movies with moody nostalgia and total suspension of disbelief. So what if Nelson Eddy at nearly 40 was playing a cadet of half that age? And what about my now knowing that his off-screen person was 180 degrees off the roles he played? His singing is still mesmerizing, an operetta voice the likes of which disappeared ages ago -- indeed a relic of the Nineteenth Century. Even an uncharacteristically inferior Porter tune like "Rosalie" gets a high-class treatment.

Sure, there are better musicals from the 30's, but this one is a piece of history as well as a minor work of art.


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