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The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

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A Butler (Powell) gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johann Porok
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Baroness Katrina Marissey
Helen Westley ...
Countess Sandor
Henry Stephenson ...
Count Albert Sandor
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Baron Georg Marissey
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Zorda
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Major Andros
Lynn Bari ...
Maurice Cass ...
Radio Announcer
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Count Dormo (as Ivan Simpson)
Alphonse Ethier ...
President
Claire Du Brey ...
Martha - Kartina's Secretary
Wilfred Lucas ...
Sidney Bracey ...
Member of Parliament (as Sidney Bracy)
Frank Baker ...
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Storyline

A Butler (Powell) gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Baronesa e o Mordomo  »

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(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was rejected by the censors in Quebec, Canada. Romania censors removed all references to Hungary. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Powell's character can be seen using a tea trolley with a large map of and coat of arms prominently displayed on its back. Both represent Australia, not Hungary, where the film is set. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance No.4 in F Sharp
(1873) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played by an unidentified violinist at the charity party
Reprised by an orchestra for dance music at Katrina and Georg's ball
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A simple but entertaining film
20 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A charming movie, in particular for those whose film tastes are simple, requiring clean, wholesome entertainment, certainly something rare on the screen in the 21st Century. Powell was Powell, articulate, debonair, and likable. But this was my first view of Annabella; what a lovely creature; more accurately, stunningly beautiful, at least to me. The cast did well depicting the almost unbelievable etiquette that those of us born in or after WW II just do not understand. I guess this was the objective in the simplistic plots of the time--to bring only a sense of peace and pleasure to audiences in a time (WW II) when such peace and pleasures were thought to probably never exist again. I cannot find a lot of information on Annabella, but she apparently had a long and distinguished film career. Too bad I didn't know about her in my youth. The film is certainly another 'feather in the hat' of a time in films that many of us remember and enjoyed.


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