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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.



(play) (as Ladislaus Bus-Fekete), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johann Porok
Baroness Katrina Marissey
Countess Sandor
Count Albert Sandor
Baron Georg Marissey
Major Andros
Maurice Cass ...
Radio Announcer
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Count Dormo (as Ivan Simpson)
Alphonse Ethier ...
Martha - Kartina's Secretary
Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament (as Sidney Bracy)
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)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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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The divine Annabella
17 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a most delightful movie in every sense. And one that deserves to be known far better than it is. The story of a conscientious butler who works for the Prime Minister of his country, Hungry, but, unknown to his employer, has political aspirations of his own.

This is a wonderfully witty script that never flags. And such a fine cast. William Powell is irrepressible as ever as the caring butler who however isn't afraid to speak his mind in parliament when leading his party in opposition to his employer played by Henry Stevenson, whose wry amusement when Powell's character criticises him in front of everybody in Parliament is hilarious.

But the real revelation here is Annabella, who is simply sparkling as the Baroness, who is also the Prime Minister's daughter. Not only is she very beautiful but also a fine actress. Annabella is so vibrant and expressive in this part that she is just a joy to watch in every scene she plays, especially in those with Powell. They had great chemistry. And it would have been nice to see more of them together.

It seems like Zanuck tried to wreck Annabella's career when she became involved with Tyrone Power. What a sad mistake on Zanuck's part as one can clearly see from this movie that Annabella had a style and panache that would surely have made her a great star. This movie is excellent entertainment and well worth seeing.

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