6.1/10
168
8 user 3 critic

Penny Princess (1952)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 March 1953 (USA)
A ordinary young American woman learns that she has become the owner of a tiny European country. Comedy and romance ensue.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Doctor at Sea (1955)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A bachelor doctor goes to sea to escape the boredom of shore practice, but studies the nurses more than medicine, and Brigitte Bardot is around.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Brenda de Banzie, Brigitte Bardot
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars
Blackmailed (1951)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mrs. Christopher, a kindly volunteer worker at a large hospital, does a favor for a patient by delivering a sum of money to Mr. Sine. When she discovers he is a blackmailer, she threatens ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Mai Zetterling, Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More
Jigsaw (1962)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A 13 year old girl plays a game on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30 year old woman.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

British diplomat Harrington Brande takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the elder Brande who was hoping for a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In postwar London a young graduate and his girlfriend decide to marry. Her well-to-do parents are not convinced, but they agree once he has got a £5.10.0 job and a 30/- a week single-room ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Susan Stephen, Cecil Parker
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A clergyman leaves the priesthood over the church's indifferent position during the Spanish Civil War but finds himself attracted to a beautiful entertainer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Ava Gardner, Dirk Bogarde, Joseph Cotten
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Arthur Prohack is an official in the Treasury Department with a reputation for fiscal efficiency and running a tight ship. One day he finds out that a struggling businessman to whom he once... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland
Stars: Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1941 in wartime UK, two Irish brothers working for the IRA come against their local leader's ruthless methods.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Beatty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Yolande Donlan ...
Lindy Smith
...
Tony Craig
A.E. Matthews ...
Selby
Reginald Beckwith ...
Minister of Finance - Blacksmith
Mary Clare ...
Maria
Edwin Styles ...
Chancellor - Cobbler
Kynaston Reeves ...
Burgomaster - Policeman
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Alberto - Captain of the guard
Peter Butterworth ...
Julien / Postman / Farmer
Edit

Storyline

A tiny European country which for years has survived financially only through evading its bills and smuggling is finally facing bankruptcy, when a rich American agrees to save the place by buying it. But before, the deal is closed, he dies. His nearest relative and heir turns out to be a young woman with high ethical and democratic standards, but no experience with money, or affairs of state, or Europe. A charming young English visitor helps her to muddle through. Comedy and romance follow. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Once upon a time...there was a salesgirl Ciderella who woke up one morning with a kingdom on her hands, a "king" in her arms...and a carload of schneeze(?) (original USA poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Schmugglerprinzessin  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Val Guest attempted to obtain Montgomery Clift, Cary Grant, Robert Cummings, William Holden and Frank Sinatra for the male cheese salesman lead, but they all turned him down. See more »

Quotes

Opening Title Card: The producers wish to thank the citizens of Lampidorra for not speaking Lampidorran - thus saving the expense of English subtitles.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank the citizens of Lampidorra for not speaking Lampidorran -- thus saving the expense of English sub-titles. See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Grey Mare
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Ronald Hanmer
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
silly British musical
5 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yolande Donlan is a "Penny Princess" in this 1952 British musical also starring Dirk Bogarde. It's a cute premise - an American shopgirl, Lindy Smith, ends up inheriting a tiny country, Lampidorra, which has kept itself going by smuggling. Facing bankruptcy, part of the country is purchased by the Lindy's distant relative, who dies before forking over any cash. Lindy is brought over and given the royal welcome. She forbids smuggling, and the country begins to import schneese, a special kind of cheese they have taken for granted.

The movie is just okay, but quite good in the beginning, dragging a bit thereafter. "It's a Fine, Fine Night," one of the songs, apparently was released as a single, though the music throughout is just serviceable.

The American Donlan is attractive and likable, a cross between Judy Holliday and Janet Leigh. In fact, she was a big hit on the British stage in Holliday's Broadway role of Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday." After that, she stayed on in England, and two years after this film, she married its writer/director, Val Guest, to whom she was married until his death in 2006. She's now 89 years old. She appears in Guest's 1963 film "80,000 Suspects" and is not recognizable in looks or acting as the same woman. She obviously had a lot of talent and a wide range.

It's hard to imagine anyone less suited to comedy than Dirk Bogarde, even young Dirk Bogarde, unless it's Montgomery Clift, but this role went to Bogarde after both Clift and Cary Grant refused it! He plays a cheese vendor who becomes involved with both the princess and the product schneese. And he's very cute.

The film was done on location in Spain. It's not very good, but Clift looks great in pajamas. And it's in color.


2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fun Double Feature? gallifreyent
Discuss Penny Princess (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?