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Royal Flash (1975)

Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
De Gautet
Eric Hansen
John Gully, M.P.
Mr. Greig
Richard Pearson ...
Duchy Chamberlain
Alan Howland ...
Duchy Chamberlain


Captain Harry Flashman of the British army is a cad, a coward, and a lecher who always seems to come off inadvertently heroic. While romancing renowned courtesan Lola Montes, Harry is recruited against his will by Otto von Bismarck to substitute for a lookalike Prussian prince ostensibly in order to help Bismarck enlarge his hold over German duchies. But Bismarck has something more sinister in mind for both Harry and the prince. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

October 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El cobarde heroico  »

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1.85 : 1
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In the scene in the throne room, just after the wedding, the US Ambassador is introduced as "Cassius Clay". That is the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali who defeated Henry Cooper, the man who played John Gully MP, the boxer. Muhammed Ali was named Cassius Clay at birth after his father who had been named after another Cassius Clay, who had been a famous Kentucky politician and anti-slavery activist in the mid-nineteenth century and was later named Ambassador to Russia by President Abraham Lincoln. See more »


At around 48 minutes, as Flashman and Rudi enter Strackenz, one of the cheering crowd of townspeople can be seen to pull out a compact camera and take a photograph of the procession, before resuming cheering. See more »


[first lines]
Harry Flashman: So, the last thing I have to tell you young fellows is this: play up and play the game, honor your queen and country, mind what your masters tell you, say your prayers each night, keep your minds and your bodies clean, take a cold bath each day, and you'll find you can always look the world in the eye like an English gentleman.
[audience members concurs, muttering "Here, here"]
Harry Flashman: Now my lads, I'm just a simple soldier.
[Audience members murmer objections and so does the headmaster]
Harry Flashman: Yes...
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Spoofs The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) See more »


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Vorspiel
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Ken Thorne
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Royal Flash Is No Flash In The Pan
13 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite period farces. It's very reminiscent of Adventures of Brigadier Gérard (1970). Malcolm McDowell's performance is brilliant and brazen. With lines like . . . "T'ain't the weapon. T'is the man behind it!", I can't help but be reminded of Rik Mayall's Lord Flashheart. Hooray! Woof!

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