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A King in New York (1957)

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
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Ann Kay - TV Specialist
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Johnson - TV Advertiser
Joan Ingram ...
Mona Cromwell - Hostess
Michael Chaplin ...
Rupert Macabee
John McLaren ...
Macabee Senior
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Headmaster
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Lawyer
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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot for only 12 weeks, the shortest shooting schedule of all of Charles Chaplin's films. See more »

Goofs

When Shahdov and the lawyer get into the taxi to get to the hearing, the fire hose is shown trailing behind the car. When the taxi arrives at the destination, the fire hose is entirely within the car. See more »

Quotes

King Shahdov: I'd sooner be thought a successful crook than a destitute monarch.
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Connections

Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) 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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