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Professional Soldier (1935)

Mercenary Donovan is hired to kidnap King Peter II. He learns that the party in power is evil and that the King is in danger, so kidnaps the King to keep him safe while a revolution is planned.

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... Col. Michael Donovan
... King Peter II
... Countess Sonia
... Lady Augusta
... George Foster
... Gino
... Stefan Bernaido
... Paul Valdis
... Christian Ledgard
... Prince Edric
... Entertainer
... Cabinet Member
Maurice Cass ... Monsieur Le Noir
Sam Savitsky ... Mischa (as General Savitsky)
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Mercenary Donovan is hired to kidnap King Peter II. He learns that the party in power is evil and that the King is in danger, so kidnaps the King to keep him safe while a revolution is planned.

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Uproarious and romantic as only a Damon Runyon yarn can be! See more »

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Adventure

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27 December 1935 (USA)  »

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Chicago-Gangster  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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During the finale, live rounds were fired at actors Victor McLaglen and Freddie Bartholomew. The rounds were fired off screen, by Marine snipers. See more »

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Joan of Arkansas
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Damon Runyon in Scotland
21 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Soldier of fortune Victor McLaglen (as Michael Donovan) is unhappy being employed to watch over playboy Michael Whalen (as George Foster), who frequently gets into trouble with liquor and ladies. When asked by citizens of a small European country to abduct their king, Mr. McLaglen happily agrees. The usurpers don't want their royal ruler harmed during the revolution because he is young Freddie Bartholomew (as King Peter II). At a costume party for royal subjects, Mr. Whalen meets lovely Gloria Stuart (as Countess Sonia), and they are mutually attracted. McLaglen meets young Bartholomew, but balks at kidnapping a mere "kid"...

Bartholomew finds the idea adventurous and insists on going along with the plan...

This isn't the writer's usual setting, but Damon Runyon's "Gentlemen, the King!" feels right at home with McLaglen's presence and Bartholomew's "little king" expressing much fondness for Runyonesque America. The supporting cast is enriched by the presence of Constance Collier (as Lady Augusta) and C. Henry Gordon (as Gino) is an effective lead villain. The black-and-white cinematography by Rudolph Mate is noteworthy. He combines with director Tay Garnett for some striking moments, especially in the castle. Mr. Mate could have given us more footage of beautiful gypsy dancer Rita Hayworth, but he made up for it in her later films.

****** Professional Soldier (12/27/35) Tay Garnett ~ Victor McLaglen, Freddie Bartholomew, Michael Whalen, Gloria Stuart


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