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My Pal, the King (1932)

The king of a European country, who is a child, meets the cowboy star of a traveling circus.


Kurt Neumann


Thomas J. Crizer (scenario and dialogue) (as Tom Crizer), Jack Natteford (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Tom Mix ... Tom Reed
Mickey Rooney ... King Charles V
James Kirkwood ... Count DeMar
Wallis Clark ... Dr. Lorenz
Noel Francis ... Princess Elsa
Finis Barton ... Gretchen
Paul Hurst ... Red
Stuart Holmes ... Count Kluckstein
Jim Thorpe ... Black Cloud (as James Thorpe)
Christian J. Frank Christian J. Frank ... Jailer Etzel (as Christian Frank)
Clarissa Selwynne ... Dowager Queen
Tony the Horse Tony the Horse ... Tom's Horse (as Tony)


The King of a small European country, just a boy, takes an interest in Tom Reed's wild west show. Tom puts on a special show just for the King and the two become friends. When the King takes Tom's advice instead of the Count's, the Count has the King kidnapped planning to kill him. When Tom learns of the King's disappearance he and his troop of men, without any real bullets for their guns, ride off to rescue him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Hey Kids! Let's Put On A Rodeo!
9 August 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Was there ever anyone more talented than Mickey Rooney? Not a matinée idol but a performer from head to toe. In "My Pal The King" he carries the acting load and puts over a very flimsily-plotted picture almost singlehandedly. He gets very little help from Tom Mix, a cowboy who evidently was not an actor but a personality.

Touring with his Wild West show, Mix shows up in Abalonia, a tiny kingdom ruled by a child king (guess who). It is part western and part comedy and is not really worth the rating of 6 that I give it, but it is a rare opportunity to see and hear Tom Mix, and to witness the splendid star quality that Mickey Rooney had, even at the age of 12.

My copy of this film was 62 minutes, not the 74 as advertised in the IMDb synopsis, which was probably all to the good.

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Release Date:

4 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cirkuskongen See more »


Box Office


$107,126 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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