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The Prisoner of Swing (1938)

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Musical satire based on Anthony Hope's Ruritanian novel "The Prisoner of Zenda" in which a commoner takes the place of a lookalike king.


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Complete credited cast:
Hal Le Roy ...
Rudolph, King of Sulvania / Mr. Razzenstill
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Al Fields ...
Percy Helton ...
Bruce Evans
Ruth Dryden ...
The Debutantes ...
Palace Singers (as Lester Cole Singers)
Gae Foster Girls ...
Palace Dancers (as The Gae Foster Girls)


Mr. Razzenstill, a saxophonist and dancer who specializes in swing music, comes to the kingdom of Sulvania looking for a job. Unbeknownst to him, he looks exactly like King Rudolph. At a ball to celebrate his upcoming coronation, Rudolph declares that swing music will be outlawed once he is crowned. The king is kidnapped by swing music lovers, and the look-alike takes the king's place. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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11 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities: The Prisoner of Swing  »

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Vitaphone production reels B108-B109. See more »


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15 January 2003 | by (West Coast) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to catch this short on TCM this morning. I really enjoyed it. (At first I thought Hal LeRoy was Fred MacMurray). The fact that June Allyson was in the cast is what prompted me to continue watching (can't believe she's eight-five). Let's just say this short was thoroughly entertaining, and I am hoping that someone will have the good sense to put this on video or DVD. If you've been lucky enought to catch this on TCM, please place your vote.

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