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


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)

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original play, "Jean," opened in Vienna, Austria, on 23 December 1936. An English adaptation called "The Lady Has a Heart" by Edward Roberts, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 26 September 1937 and closed in December 1937 after 91 performances. The opening cast included Elissa Landi as Countess Katrina, Vincent Price as Jean (name changed to Johann in the movie), and Lumsden Hare as Count Albert. See more »


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 »


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


Tales From the Vienna Woods, Op.325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
In the score for the opening scenes
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An Excellent Forgotten Classic
6 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is rare that I come upon a classic film I like this much. Comedy, drama, a charming story, all well produced and satisfying. I am not a fan of screwball comedies or slapstick, and a lot of times that's what people think of when they think of classic comedy, which is a shame. Much of the comedy in this film could be used today. William Powell is brilliant as ever. Annabella is stunning. Henry Stephenson is charming. He reminds me of a friendly C. Aubrey Smith. And they were in fact cast together in Little Lord Fountleroy (which, if you haven't seen, is an excellent forgotten classic). I can't recommend this film highly enough. Someone has uploaded it to youtube recently, which is where I watched it.

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