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The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
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 ...
Member of Parliament
Sidney Bracey ...
Member of Parliament (as Sidney Bracy)
Frank Baker ...
Member of Parliament
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A Butler (Powell) gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

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18 February 1938 (USA)  »

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A Baronesa e o Mordomo  »

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(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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

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Tales From the Vienna Woods, Op.325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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Strictly From Hungary
15 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

William Powell was always suave and charming. He starred in numerous fine and well-known movies. I have a fondness for "I Love You Again" and surely everyone is fond of the Thing Man series.

Here he is challenged by a very peculiar mix in his costars. Annabella's French accent is a little hard to penetrate and strangely not very appealing (to me.) She's pretty, though those board shoulders and muscular arms should not have been showcased in sleeveless gowns. And why is this woman with a French accent Hungarian? And if she is Hungarian, why are her parents an American (Helen Westley) and a Brit? (Her father is played with great charm by Henry Stephenson.) The plot is intriguing -- potentially. Powell is the family butler. Yet he runs for office in opposition to his (slightly improbably approving) master. I didn't notice the opening credits and thought it must be based on a Molnar play. It's not.

The movie is easy to watch. It's far from the worst of its romantic comedy ilk in the 1930s. But it's far from good, as well.


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