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Penny Princess (1952)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 March 1953 (USA)
A ordinary young American woman learns that she has become the owner of a tiny European country. Comedy and romance ensue.

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Cast overview:
... Lindy Smith
... Tony Craig
A.E. Matthews ... Selby
Reginald Beckwith ... Minister of Finance - Blacksmith
... Maria
Edwin Styles ... Chancellor - Cobbler
Kynaston Reeves ... Burgomaster - Policeman
Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Alberto - Captain of the guard
Peter Butterworth ... Julien / Postman / Farmer
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A tiny European country which for years has survived financially only through evading its bills and smuggling is finally facing bankruptcy, when a rich American agrees to save the place by buying it. But before, the deal is closed, he dies. His nearest relative and heir turns out to be a young woman with high ethical and democratic standards, but no experience with money, or affairs of state, or Europe. A charming young English visitor helps her to muddle through. Comedy and romance follow. Written by Anonymous

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Once upon a time...there was a salesgirl Ciderella who woke up one morning with a kingdom on her hands, a "king" in her arms...and a carload of schneeze(?) (original USA poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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24 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Schmugglerprinzessin  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Dirk Bogarde agreed to be in the film, because he was eager for lighter material after his role in The Stranger in Between (1952). See more »

Quotes

Chancellor - Cobbler: Yesterday we received an offer from the Armenian syndicate, who wish to buy the country and turn this place into a gambling hell...
[looks at it again]
Chancellor - Cobbler: ... a gambling HALL.
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The producers wish to thank the citizens of Lampidorra for not speaking Lampidorran -- thus saving the expense of English sub-titles. See more »

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Rule, Britannia
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranged by Ronald Hanmer
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A much better film than some reviews suggest.
30 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I am very sorry that this charming and whimsical film (which I first saw soon after it was first released in the early fifties) has had such a poor reception more recently. In my opinion it has been greatly underrated - but perhaps it appeals more to the European sense of humour than to (for example) the American: maybe we in Europe can understand and appreciate its subtleties and situations more, since we are closer to some of them in real life! Particular mention should be made of the limited but good music - especially the catchy and memorable song "It's a fine, fine night", which was issued separately on an HMV 78rpm record (10 inch plum label, I think!) in the fifties. I would urge anyone interested to give it a try if you get the chance: you may have a pleasant surprise.


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