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A King in New York (1957)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 September 1957 (UK)
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A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maxine Audley ...
Queen Irene
Jerry Desmonde ...
Prime Minister Voudel
Oliver Johnston ...
Ambassador Jaume
Dawn Addams ...
Ann Kay - TV Specialist
Sidney James ...
Johnson - TV Advertiser
Joan Ingram ...
Mona Cromwell - Hostess
Michael Chaplin ...
Rupert Macabee
John McLaren ...
Macabee Senior
Phil Brown ...
Headmaster
Harry Green ...
Lawyer
Robert Arden ...
Liftboy
Alan Gifford ...
School Superintendent
Robert Cawdron ...
U.S. Marshal
George Woodbridge ...
Member of Atomic Commission
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Storyline

Due to a revolution in his country, King Shahdov comes to New York - almost broke. To get some money he goes to TV, making commercials and meets the child from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself and has to face one of McCarthy's hearings. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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12 September 1957 (UK)  »

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Un rey en Nueva York  »

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Trivia

Dawn Addams replaced Kay Kendall. See more »

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In the last scene with Shahdov and Jaume, image is reversed as one can see by the reverse writing above the emergency exit sign above them and their jacket pockets with handkerchiefs and flower lapels are on their right side. See more »

Quotes

Lawyer: Your Majesty, first and foremost, you must stand on your rights and demand immunity on the ground of your Royal Prerogative.
King Shahdov: Immunity from what?
Lawyer: That I don't know, but I intend to find out. But if they put the 64 dollars question to you, as if you are, or ever have been a communist, then again you must stand on your Royal Prerogative.
King Shahdov: But that question is absurd.
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Vastly undervalued Chaplin masterpiece
1 March 2003 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

It's not only one of Chaplin's best films, but one of the most important films about America ever made. Thrown out of the US for his liberal views, Chaplin became very irate at America. This is his response, a bare-knuckle boxing match with Uncle Sam - and this tramp doesn't pull punches. He doesn't leave a stone unturned, movies, music, high culture, television, education, fame, and especially the communist witch hunts. Best of all, he still exhibits his comic brilliance, and almost all the jokes land. Chaplin's son Michael is very good as a young boy who espouses communist ideals without the slightest provocation. The film ends without resolution, as this dark period of American history was still going strong. Only the hope that it is only a phase is expressed, but otherwise, the darkness is left to brood. People have accused the film of not being subtle, but it is far more so than the infinitely more popular The Great Dictator, and also more so than his other two talkies, Monsieur Verdoux and Limelight. All of those films are great, but they all end up with Chaplin telling us directly what he wants us to walk away with. A King of New York is, even if it has its clunky moments, an exceptional achievement. It's about time that it was rediscovered. 10/10.


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