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Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
12 September 1957 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Instantly my favorite Chaplin film for its sheer brilliance. See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... King Shahdov
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
Clifford Buckton ... Member of Atomic Commission
Vincent Lawson ... Member of Atomic Commission

Shani Wallis ... Singer
Joy Nichols ... Singer
Lauri Lupino Lane ... Comedian
George Truzzi ... Comedian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne Romain ... Older Girl (as Yvonne Warren)
Tony Crombie ... Nightclub Drummer (uncredited)
Pat Gibson ... Girl (uncredited)
Wendy Graham ... (uncredited)
Lilian Grassom ... Cute Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Gross ... Autograph Hunter (uncredited)
Tubby Hayes ... Nightclub Saxophonist (uncredited)

Frazer Hines ... Boy (uncredited)
Roy Hines ... Boy (uncredited)
Penelope Horner ... Girl (uncredited)
Jemma Hyde ... Girl (uncredited)
Jeanette Jacobs ... Girl (uncredited)
Pauline Keen ... Older Girl (uncredited)
Kevin Kelly ... Boy (uncredited)
Hugh McDermott ... Bill Johnson (uncredited)
MacDonald Parke ... (uncredited)
Jose Read ... Boy (uncredited)
Michael Saunders ... Boy (uncredited)
Antoinette Seaborn ... Girl (uncredited)
Richard Shaw ... Butler (uncredited)
Bernice Swanson ... (uncredited)
Gareth Tandy ... Boy (uncredited)
Nicholas Tanner ... Butler (uncredited)
David Tilley ... Boy (uncredited)
Howard Vaughn ... Boy (uncredited)
Gillian Watt ... Teenager (uncredited)
Ross Yeo ... Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
Jerome Epstein .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal (director of photography) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
John Seabourne Sr.  (as John Seabourne)
 
Art Direction by
Allan Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup
Helen Penfold .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Eddie Pike .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
René Dupont .... assistant director (as Rene Dupont)
David Tringham .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Mullins .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Spencer Reeve .... sound editor
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Wally Veevers .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator
Ron Drinkwater .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Wally Fairweather .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor (as J. Wilson-Apperson)
 
Editorial Department
Tony Bohy .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leighton Lucas .... music conducted by
Boris Sarbek .... music arranged by
Eric James .... musical associate (uncredited)
Dave Shand .... music associate (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Cole .... continuity
Mickey Delamar .... production controller
 
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Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:105 min | USA:105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: During his diatribe, Rupert claims that the Roman Empire fell with the assassination of Caesar. Caesar's assassination occurred 17 years before the Roman Empire was established.See more »
Quotes:
[after being told that the political turmoil in America is just a "passing phase."]
King Shahdov:Quite so. In the meantime, I'll sit it out in Europe.
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Movie Connections:
References One Week (1920)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Sadness Goes OnSee more »

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Instantly my favorite Chaplin film for its sheer brilliance., 6 April 2001
Author: Jorge Bernardo from Alexandria, Virginia



When I rented this movie, I had no idae what to expect. Charlie Chaplin in a talkie?! I had just seen (heard?) how poor Buster Keaton's awful voice destroyed his presence as the classic stone-faced pantomine. Might Mr. Chaplin's performance in a speaking role be as sadly disappointing???

The answer in a resounding word was, "NO!" If anything, Chaplin's voice and accompanying ability to express himself with words enhanced his screen presence by providing a new dimension with which to appreciate his seemingly limitless talent.

I'm not sure just how to explain this other than the fact that I watched most of the film with a big grin glued to my face. I marvelled at the subtleties of Chaplin's performance which distinguish him not only as a silent movie actor, but as an actor of ANY era! In today's world of over-the-top silliness and questionable acting passing as good comedy, his performance is a clear indication that intelligent comedy is not an oxymoron and that the "King" of it is the same person as the king of slapstick.

If you're the kind of person who appreciates the subtlety in Woody Allen's humor, you will find yourself marvelling at "A King in New York" and you will see (and hear!) a part of Charlie Chaplin you may not ever have known existed.

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