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Alexandra (1934)

Princess Charming (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 21 June 1935 (USA)
Revolution breaks out in a small European kingdom, and a young princess is forced to flee for her life. She heads for the neighboring country, which just happens to be ruled by the king she... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

Arthur Wimperis (adaptation), Lauri Wylie (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Evelyn Laye ... Princess Elaine
Henry Wilcoxon ... Capt. André Launa (as Harry Wilcoxon)
Yvonne Arnaud Yvonne Arnaud ... Countess Annette
George Grossmith ... King Christian of Aufland
Max Miller Max Miller ... Walter Chuff - aka Sam
Ivor McLaren Ivor McLaren ... Ernest
Finlay Currie ... Baron Seegman
Ivor Barnard ... Ivanoff
Francis L. Sullivan ... Alakiev (as Francis Sullivan)
Dino Galvani Dino Galvani ... Louis
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Revolution breaks out in a small European kingdom, and a young princess is forced to flee for her life. She heads for the neighboring country, which just happens to be ruled by the king she is betrothed to. Unfortunately, the new revolutionary government won't let citizens leave, which she actually doesn't mind all that much because she's not particularly jazzed about marrying the elderly king. He sends a young naval officer to bring her across the border, but in order to do so they are forced into a marriage of convenience. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

On the Wings of the Dawn
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Noble
Lyrics by Max Kester
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Wonderful Light-hearted Spoof
22 September 2008 | by morrow-9See all my reviews

Many films of the mid-1930s offer light easy entertainment. In addition Princess Charming has more unusual attributes: a deliberate take on the Ruritanian plot lines of operetta is pointed out by intentionally placing instances of incongruous singing with dialogue that is usually spoken straight but is sometimes in a mixture of blank and rhyming verse. The then (1934) modern concept of background music in films is exposed, see the opening scene in the Prince's palace - is it diegetic or non-diegetic, and predates High Anxiety and other such more obvious spoofs by 40 odd years.

All in all an intelligent and well-worked little story that doesn't tax the attention but repays anyone digging it out. Buy a copy of the video (probably a 2nd hand one) and see if you agree it is worth nine out of ten.

It also has the peerless Max Miller - not a great screen performer but a this offers small memento of this unique Music Hall talent.


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