6.6/10
310
11 user 4 critic

The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
A butler gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

Director:

Writers:

(play) (as Ladislaus Bus-Fekete), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne
Rendezvous (1935)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets ... See full summary »

Directors: William K. Howard, Sam Wood
Stars: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes
Romance | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two English aristocrats pursue a rich American widow who may not be quite the person she claims to be.

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Dorothy Arzner, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, William Powell
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Robert Young
Crossroads (1942)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor
Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy
Love Crazy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nick and Nora investigate the murder of a bandleader in New York.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Johann Porok
...
Baroness Katrina Marissey
...
Countess Sandor
...
Count Albert Sandor
...
Baron Georg Marissey
...
Zorda
...
Major Andros
...
Maurice Cass ...
Radio Announcer
...
Count Dormo (as Ivan Simpson)
...
President
...
Martha - Kartina's Secretary
...
Member of Parliament
...
Member of Parliament (as Sidney Bracy)
...
Member of Parliament
Edit

Storyline

A butler gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Baronesa e o Mordomo  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The tune played by the violinist early in the film is the same used in Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs for Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst. 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

Tales From the Vienna Woods, Op.325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
In the score for the opening scenes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Charming
10 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Baroness and the Butler" is a 1938 film starring William Powell and the French star signed by 20th Century Fox, Annabella, who got the big star buildup from Fox. Little did Darryl F. Zanuck know that she was more interested in matters of the heart than career. When she met and fell in love with Tyrone Power on her next film, "Suez," Zanuck tried to get rid of her by offering her films in Europe. She refused to leave Power (and who could blame her) and the two married, becoming the Brangelina of their era. Zanuck blacklisted her, and there went the star buildup and the big film career.

This is a charming film set in Hungary, about a butler, Johann Porok (Powell) who works for the Prime Minister (Henry Stephenson). The prime minister and his family, particularly his daughter Katrina (Annabella) are shocked when Johann is elected to Parliament - by the opposition party. What's more, he wants to stay on as butler. Meanwhile, Katrina's philandering husband (Josef Schildkraut) has a few political ambitions of his own.

Powell does a smooth job in this film as the elegant butler who is known for his brilliant speeches in Parliament. Stephenson is great as his amused boss, and Schildkraut, who played so many slimeballs, is terrific as usual. Annabella was a wonderful actress, and when her film career took a nosedive thanks to Zanuck, she and Power did radio shows together. Annabella also had a great success on Broadway, did "Liliom" with her husband in Westport Connecticut, and worked tirelessly for the war effort before returning to France when she and Power divorced.

"The Baroness and the Butler" isn't a great film, but it has good performances and a breeziness about it. Enjoyable if predictable.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?