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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Thorpe
Bill Delroy
Tom Rutherford ...
Prince Paul
Clay Clement ...
Captain Banner
General Maroff
Oscar O'Shea ...
Mr. Callahan
Miss Baker


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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Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hoheit tanzt inkognito  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Studio chief wanted newly hired Cole Porter to write a song for Eddy similar to "Rose Marie" for this picture. Porter turned out five versions before composing a sixth that Mayer liked. Porter did't like the version although it sold a half million copies of sheet music, and although Eddy had misgivings about the song being right for him, Mayer pressured him to sing it. See more »


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 »


Rosalie: I love Dick. That's why I'm crying.
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Semper Fidelis
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Much lovely music, some nice comedy but an artificial plot.
22 October 2002 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

I'm not much of a fan of Eleanor Powell even though she's a marvelous tap dancer. She always struck me as a cold fish - and there's very little chemistry between her and Nelson Eddy (who is in fine voice) so the romance between them seems totally artificial. So is the plot, which involves her being an incognito princess of a small European country, falling in love with football player Eddy, who follows her to her country when she leaves the States to marry a prince. If it weren't for the score by Cole Porter, it would have been a total bust for me. Although the film is vaguely based on the 1928 show of the same name, MGM head Louis B. Mayer opted to have Porter write a completely new score, supplanting the Sigmond Romberg-George Gershwin score of the original. The music is the best part of the movie, with the hauntingly beautiful "In the Still of the Night" a standout. There is some enjoyable comedy provided by Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger and Billy Gilbert, all of whom I enjoyed more than the leads. A bit long at 123 minutes, but worth a look mostly for the music.

Cole Porter reportedly hated the title song, but Louis B. Mayer loved it, and he was the man with the money, so it stayed. With its opulent sets and numerous extras, this was one of the most expensive films made up to that time, but it was also a huge hit.

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