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His Loyal Highness (1932)

His Royal Highness (original title)
A stage hand is knocked out and has a dream of becoming monarch of a Graustarkian kingdom, rife with court intrigue, an assassination plot and operetta-style musical numbers.


F.W. Thring


George Wallace (story), C.J. Dennis (adaptation)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wallace George Wallace ... Tommy Dodds / King of Betonia
Byrl Walkley Byrl Walkley ... Yoiben
Frank Tarrant Frank Tarrant ... Hozzan
Donalda Warne Donalda Warne ... Barbette
Lou Vernon Lou Vernon ... Torano
Marshall Crosby Marshall Crosby ... Alfam
John Fernside John Fernside ... Giuseppe
Nell Taylor Nell Taylor ... Molly
John Dobbie John Dobbie ... Jim
Mona Barrie ... (as Mona Barlee)
Clem Milton Clem Milton ... Prime Minister
Cyril Scott
Edwin Brett Edwin Brett ... Asher Marmaduke
Billy Maloney Billy Maloney
Dan Thomas Dan Thomas ... Asher Marmaduke


A stage hand is knocked out and has a dream of becoming monarch of a Graustarkian kingdom, rife with court intrigue, an assassination plot and operetta-style musical numbers.

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slapstick comedy | royalty | See All (2) »


What Should a King Do to Varlets Who Put Poison in the Royal Beer? See more »


Musical | Comedy







Release Date:

26 August 1932 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

His Loyal Highness See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Tommy is gambling with the servants, the terms 'bob' and 'quid' are mentioned. A 'bob' is slang for a shilling and a 'quid' is slang for a pound. Twenty shillings equal one pound. See more »


My Girl's Got It
Written by Alaric Howitt and George Wallace
Sung by George Wallace
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The once and future King of Betonia
24 August 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Given that the Australian film industry was in its toddler stage, I'd like to rate the film a bit higher. But as it is His Royal Highness is a good exposition to the comedy talents of George Wallace who apparently was to Australia as Maurice Chevalier to France and Sir Harry Lauder to Scotland. A kind of roving ambassador of entertainment for his country during his prime.

It's a simple film in structure and plot. Wallace plays a guy who nabs someone else's job as a stagehand at a theater and proceeds to muck it up. When the first guy comes back, he clunks Wallace on the head and Wallace dreams he's the lost king in some Ruritanian type country.

I saw bits of a few entertainers in Wallace's style. A little of Lou Costello, a little of Stanley Holloway, a little of Sir Harry Lauder. Mostly he was like an Aussie version of Eddie Cantor in his patter and in his singing and dancing. He was popular Down Under, but very few know him north of the equator.

His Royal Highness is a pleasing enough film and even though Americans might not get some of the Australian idiom you'll find a few laughs in it if not production values associated with Hollywood.

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