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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Cast

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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
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Brenda
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Oloff
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Chancellor
Tom Rutherford ...
Prince Paul
Clay Clement ...
Captain Banner
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George Zucco ...
General Maroff
Oscar O'Shea ...
Mr. Callahan
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Joseph
Janet Beecher ...
Miss Baker
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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  »

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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

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 »

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

Dick Thorpe: I'm your dream soldier reporting for duty.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Washington Post
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
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Half good; half bad
16 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first half of this classic movie musical is good. The second half was a big disappointment.

The first half is interesting with likable characters and a couple of good song- and-dance numbers. The second half features a sappy romance and drags on too long.

Frank Morgan doesn't help things. His "bumbling king" character simply gets irritating after awhile. Eleanor Powell is miscast as a romantic "princess" lead. She just isn't that pretty or convincing as an actress. As everyone knows, she was a far better dancer than an actor

Nelson Eddy's singing is okay but, boy, does it sound corny and dated nowadays. Ray Bolger's comedy isn't funny; it's stupid.

On the positive side, some of the elaborate Busby Berkeley-type dance sets are elaborate and astounding. It's amazing to view. Powell's tap dancing is always entertaining, although I've seen better numbers from her in the Broadway Melody series.


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