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The King's Vacation (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 February 1933 (USA)
A king finds himself with no purpose in his reign, abdicates his throne to return to the wife and child he left many years ago when he was called to duty to be the king of his country.

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screenplay and dialogue), Maude T. Howell (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... King Phillip
Marjorie Gateson ... Helen Everhardt
Dudley Digges ... Count Raven - Lord Chamberlain
Patricia Ellis ... Millicent Everhardt
Florence Arliss ... Queen Margaret
Dick Powell ... John Kent
O.P. Heggie ... Joel Thorpe
Vernon Steele ... Mac Barstow
James Bell ... Anderson
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Philip (George Arliss), a monarch of eighteen years standing, suddenly decides he would like to abdicate in favor of the simple life. Eighteen years earlier he was married morganatically to a pretty young woman, Helen (Marjorie Gateson), whom he was forced to divorce if he wanted to be the king. Now, with the permission of his second wife, Queen Margaret (Florence Arliss) who hints that she, too, has a lover to whom she can return, Philip journeys to France where he meets up with his former spouse only to discover that, although she has not remarried, she lives in the very king opulent splendor he is trying to avoid. He returns to Margaret, who has taken a small house without servants, and, as her boast of a former liaison was not true, it is clear that the couple will see out the rest of their lives together. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Here's grand manners entertainment Fit for a King! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor na Corte See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The King's Vacation" had its world premiere January 19, 1933 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It was the second film ever to play at the Music Hall, the first having been "The Bitter Tea of General Yen" a week earlier. See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Played during the opening credits and often as background music as a leitmotif for the love of the king and queen
Played on piano twice by Florence Arliss
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Another Winning Film Starring George Arliss
19 July 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Wise & benevolent, a king sporting the heart & soul of a common man is forced by revolution to abdicate. He returns to the wife & daughter he hasn't seen in 18 years, but soon discovers it is no easy task to reclaim the life of an ordinary man. Now a royalist plot may restore him to the throne, making the King's retirement merely THE KING'S VACATION.

George Arliss, that most watchable & urbane of movie actors, is utterly charming in this short, sweet film. Delivering a drama lesson with every glance & gesture (watch him in the scene in which he must meet the largest family in his kingdom), Arliss is - as always - a pure delight. It is a shame that he is all but forgotten today.

Kudos should also go to Florence Arliss, for her sensitive portrayal of the Queen. A frequent costar of her husband's, Mrs. Arliss graced her scenes with a quiet dignity. Dick Powell also appears - but does not sing - in a small role as a mechanic in love with the King's daughter.

Fine production values tremendously help the impact of this lovely film.


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