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The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
A butler gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Leslie Bush-Fekete (play) (as Ladislaus Bus-Fekete), Sam Hellman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Johann Porok
Annabella ... Baroness Katrina Marissey
Helen Westley ... Countess Sandor
Henry Stephenson ... Count Albert Sandor
Joseph Schildkraut ... Baron Georg Marissey
J. Edward Bromberg ... Zorda
Nigel Bruce ... Major Andros
Lynn Bari ... Klari - Maid
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Radio Announcer
Ivan F. Simpson ... Count Dormo (as Ivan Simpson)
Alphonse Ethier ... President
Claire Du Brey ... Martha - Kartina's Secretary
Wilfred Lucas ... Member of Parliament
Sidney Bracey ... Member of Parliament (as Sidney Bracy)
Frank Baker ... Member of Parliament
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Storyline

On election day, Count Albert Sandor, the Prime Minister of Hungary, is surprised to learn that his faithful servant, Johann Porok, has been elected to parliament. Despite their opposing political views, Johann and Sandor amicably agree to continue their butler and master relationship. Sandor's daughter, Baroness Katrina Marissey, however, is appalled to see the eloquent butler opposing her father in parliament. Written by L. Hamre

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Baronesa e o Mordomo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was rejected by the censors in Quebec, Canada. Romania censors removed all references to Hungary. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Powell's character can be seen using a tea trolley with a large map of and coat of arms prominently displayed on its back. Both represent Australia, not Hungary, where the film is set. See more »

Quotes

Baroness Katrina Marissey: Would you like a smoke?
Johann Porok: Thank you.
[Looking at the cigarette he has just taken from the box offered by the baroness, he continues]
Johann Porok: Abdulla, with the rose leaf.
Baroness Katrina Marissey: Mother brought them back for me.
Johann Porok: Yes, I know. I smuggled them across the border in my trunk.
Baroness Katrina Marissey: Oh.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales From the Vienna Woods, Op.325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
In the score for the opening scenes
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A simple but entertaining film
20 February 2006 | by webaker-1See all my reviews

A charming movie, in particular for those whose film tastes are simple, requiring clean, wholesome entertainment, certainly something rare on the screen in the 21st Century. Powell was Powell, articulate, debonair, and likable. But this was my first view of Annabella; what a lovely creature; more accurately, stunningly beautiful, at least to me. The cast did well depicting the almost unbelievable etiquette that those of us born in or after WW II just do not understand. I guess this was the objective in the simplistic plots of the time--to bring only a sense of peace and pleasure to audiences in a time (WW II) when such peace and pleasures were thought to probably never exist again. I cannot find a lot of information on Annabella, but she apparently had a long and distinguished film career. Too bad I didn't know about her in my youth. The film is certainly another 'feather in the hat' of a time in films that many of us remember and enjoyed.


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