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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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Vastly undervalued Chaplin masterpiece 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Filmed at Shepperton Studios.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[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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Soundtrack:
Mandolin SerenadeSee more »

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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Vastly undervalued Chaplin masterpiece, 1 March 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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