In the kingdom of Florestan, a weak Prince Henry is ousted from power by his calculating cousin, Prince Basil. While exiled in Paris, Henry learns that the people are suffering under the ... See full summary »

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Bobette Christine
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In the kingdom of Florestan, a weak Prince Henry is ousted from power by his calculating cousin, Prince Basil. While exiled in Paris, Henry learns that the people are suffering under the tyranny of Basil's corrupt monarchy and decides to return to his homeland. Posing as the chauffeur of a traveling playboy--who is in reality Henry's manservant--he manages to make it across the border unmolested. But how will he be able to reclaim the throne? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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27 October 1934 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1934-1935 season) #6: The Flame Song  »

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J. Harold Murray's final film appearance. See more »

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One Little Drink
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Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
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Bland MGM Two-Reeler
15 July 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Flame Song, The (1934)

** (out of 4)

MGM two-reeler about a prince (J. Harold Murray) who is thrown out of his country so he re-enters under the the disguise of a chauffeur so that he can overthrow his evil cousin (Alexander Gray) who is now running a corrupt office. It's well-known that MGM was ran like a factory as the studio just pumped one film out after another. Features and shorts were being pumped out by the studio and while a lot of them are now legendary classics you still have plenty that seem like no real effort was put into them and THE FLAME SONG is one. There's not really anything horribly wrong with this picture but it just seems so by-the-numbers that you can't help but feel as if no one behind the scenes were putting too much into it or perhaps they were just wanting to go on their vacation and rushed through everything. Murray isn't too bad in his part but the same can't be said for Bernice Claire who plays the love interest he meets along the way. Her "acting" wasn't that bad but when it came time for her to sing I was wanting to hit the mute button. Her singing voice might have been dubbed but whoever was doing the singing should have never gotten out of bed that morning. This here is certainly just for those who have to see every short the studio released.


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