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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 »
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1 nomination See more »
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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)
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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 
 
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)
 
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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:
Factual errors: The TV station repeatedly shown in the movie has the call letters "KPXA." However, being in New York the call letters should begin with a "W" as stations east of the Mississippi River begin the letter "W" and not "K".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:
Referenced in Lost in Translation (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mandolin SerenadeSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Once again, Chaplin greatness comes through, 6 December 1998
Author: Primtime from Langley

A King In New York was a pure delight to watch. Seeing perhaps the greatest actor of the first half of the century is always a treat and he doesn't disappoint in this film. Chaplin made this satire as a shot at the United States, who only five years earlier had denied him re-entry into the country. This was based on the fact he wouldn't come before the McCarthy hearing and make a statement on his supposed ties to the Communist party. Regardless of the basis for this film's comedy pieces, one can find a few moments where Chaplin is taking a direct shot at those who had doubted him.

The plot involves Chaplin as King Shadov, a ruler of a ficticious country whose people have ousted him based on his unwillingness to manufacture Atomic Bombs. He would rather spend the taxpayers money on finding ways to create atomic energy. Obviously this is a deliberate analogy of Chaplin being thought of as a communist although the complete opposite was the truth. So, the exiled leader goes to America in search of a fun vacation in which he can experience the excitement that he had heard about so many times before. The viewer follows Shadof and his trust aide throughout New York City and their many hilarious experiences. The best of which that come to mind are the scenes in which Chaplin pantomimes his order to a waiter who cannot hear him, the scene in which Chaplin recites the famous "to be or not to be" soliloque from Hamlet to guests at a dinner party and the scene in which Chaplin gets his finger stuck in a fire hose and cannot get it out.

One can see some elements of the tramp in Chaplin in this film including the facial expressions, his smile and the way he moves about gracefully. I had never seen Chaplin in a talking film before this one and was somewhat surprised to see how much of a great talking actor he truly is. For an actor who had done so much in silent films and only silent films, this film shows that Chaplin is one of the top actors of this century.

The only element of this film that somewhat disappointed me was the manner in which the hearings were brushed off. I believe that there was plenty of room for some gags to be thrown in here. Perhaps Chaplin felt as if he had already taken enough shots and didn't need to exploit this area.

This film is yet another example of the Chaplin greatness and I would recommend it to anyone who loves films or are interested in seeing film making magic.

8/10 stars.

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