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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
Nigel Bruce ...
Major Andros
Lynn Bari ...
Klari - Maid
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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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)

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1.37 : 1
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The end credits proudly says "This picture has presented the popular young French actress Annabella in her first American picture". However, she starred in Caravane (1934), the French language version of Caravan (1934), also made in Hollywood by Fox. See more »

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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
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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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