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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hal Le Roy ...
Rudolph, King of Sulvania / Mr. Razzenstill
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Dantsau
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Princess
Al Fields ...
Colonel
Percy Helton ...
Messenger
Bruce Evans
Ruth Dryden ...
Antoinette
The Debutantes ...
Palace Singers (as Lester Cole Singers)
Gae Foster Girls ...
Palace Dancers (as The Gae Foster Girls)
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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 <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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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 »

Quotes

Rudolph, King of Sulvania: Pardon me, my good woman. I'm here for the saxophone season. Can you tell me if there's any swinging going on here?
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Spoofs The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Pardon Me If I Say It with My Feet
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by the Hal Le Roy (vocal and tap dance) and June Allyson (vocal)
Also played briefly when the king says he can name his own reward
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A Pleasant Surprise
7 April 2007 | by (Hicksville, NY) – See all my reviews

This short is a take-off on the Ronald Colman version of Prisoner of Zenda, sort of like a 1930's Abraham-Zucker film. The King is going to outlaw swing music upon his coronation so his loyal retainers have him kidnapped & replaced with his cousin, who looks just like him. It's very funny & surprisingly well done and you'll especially enjoy it if you've seen the film. The characterizations and mannerisms are spot on & the only flaw is that the sound quality isn't optimal. But it's worth putting up with to be able to see the film.

This appears as one of the extras on the recently-released DVD of Dawn Patrol.


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