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A King in New York (1957)

 -  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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En konge i New York  »

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Trivia

Before conceiving the idea for this film, Charles Chaplin had thought of two ideas that he decided against, one was the idea of reviving the tramp (because he realized that the appeal to the tramp was his flexibility), and reviving Verdoux from Monsieur Verdoux (1947) (his wife and assistant strongly decided against it.) See more »

Goofs

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.
Lawyer: There are many things absurd these days...
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Referenced in The Truman Show (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Mandolin Serenade
(1957)
Written by Charles Chaplin
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Chaplin was way ahead of his time on film & America
23 February 2001 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

What I find amazing is that even in the year 2001 people are so brain-washed by our corporate media that they can complain about Chaplin's bashing the McArthy era. This embarassing chapter in America's history (up there with slavery, the "Jim Crow" south, and Japanese internment camps of WW2) was responsible for thousands of Hollywood job losses, the imprisonment of the great writer Ring Lardner, the expatriation of Chaplin, Paul Robeson, et al.

And all of this for a ridiculous "witch hunt" by some sanctimonious & hypocritical power-hungry politicians; with trumped up hearings gathered together faster than you can say "Monica." Well eventually it ended up backfiring on the anti-commie crowd of course, although I guess sure helped Ronald Reagan to be president of the Screen Actors Guild, then CA, and the White House weren't far behind (easy when you sell out enough I guess).

But gee, since Chaplin was up against these zealots (who are the real "anti-American" ones if people actually knew their history), I suppose we should be able to forgive him for not being so subtle in "A King in New York!"


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