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The King's Vacation (1933)

TV-G | | Comedy | 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.


John G. Adolfi


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


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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


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.

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Release Date:

25 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor na Corte See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


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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Wonderful tale of love, pride and sacrifice
6 June 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

In "The King's Vacation," George Arliss has lost all touch of any hammy acting carried over from silent films. This excellent British actor of stage and screen was in his 60s by the time of sound movies, and he had less than a decade left before his retirement. Still, we have more than a dozen very good films in which Arliss starred in the 1930s.

Cinephiles will know of Arliss from our love of all things to do with films, and study of the silver screen history. The only way most people today would know of Arliss would be to see him in his films. And this is a good one to introduce audiences to an actor who could emote better than all other actors to his time. What Arliss didn't have in physical appearance or handsome stature, he more than made up for in his acting talent. His looks, his facial expressions, and his gestures alone spoke countless lines better than those spoken with voice by many another actor.

This film has a simple, slower and more deliberate plot than is the usual fare for Hollywood. As such, it was an excellent vehicle just to showcase the outstanding talent of Arliss, as well as that of the other actors, including his wife, Florence Arliss who plays his queen, Margaret. Arliss is Phillip, king of a fictitious eastern European country. Marjorie Gateson plays Helen, the love of his early life and mother of their daughter Millicent who is played by Patricia Ellis. The other major players are Dudley Digges as Lord Chamberlain, a very young Dick Powell as John Kent who is in love with Millicent, Vernon Steels as Barstow who is in love with Lady Helen, and O.P. Heggie who plays Thorpe, Phillip's faithful and loyal attendant.

While a simple story, "The King's Vacation" packs of lot of lesson and morality. This is a tale of love, pride and sacrifice. Other reviews may comment on the plot, but I think the great enjoyment is in seeing it play out. Some critics panned Arliss's roles in some of the many biographical movies he played. He certainly comes across as very hammy in those silent and some early sound biopics. But to see and enjoy the real talent of this great actor, one should watch any of a handful of very good films we still have with us. Among these are many of the films he made in 1932 starting with "The Man Who Played God." Besides "The King's Vacation," other excellent Arliss films include "The Working Man" in 1932, "The House of Rothschild" in 1934, "The Last Gentleman" in 1934, "Cardinal Richelieu" in 1935, and "Mister Hobo" in 1935.

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