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A King in New York (1957)

A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist.


Charles Chaplin


Charles Chaplin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Chaplin ... King Shahdov
Maxine Audley ... Queen Irene
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Prime Minister Voudel
Oliver Johnston ... Ambassador Jaume
Dawn Addams ... Ann Kay - TV Specialist
Sidney James ... Johnson - TV Advertiser
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Mona Cromwell - Hostess
Michael Chaplin ... Rupert Macabee
John McLaren John McLaren ... Macabee Senior
Phil Brown ... Headmaster
Harry Green ... Lawyer
Robert Arden ... Liftboy
Alan Gifford ... School Superintendent
Robert Cawdron ... U.S. Marshal
George Woodbridge ... Member of Atomic Commission


Due to a revolution in his country, King Shahdov comes to New York - almost broke. To get some money he goes to TV, making commercials and meets the child from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself and has to face one of McCarthy's hearings. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


The King is depicted as arriving in New York City and getting off a Pan American World Airways 1954 Douglas DC-6B, registration N6117C, named "Clipper DeSoto". Sold to an Icelandic airline in 1961, this plane continued to fly with various other airlines until it was scrapped in 1980. See more »


Having arrived in New York and settled into a hotel the King is watching television and a commercial comes on advertising the British Whitbread Beer. See more »


King Shahdov: What's that you're reading?
Rupert Macabee: Karl Marx.
King Shahdov: Surely, you're not a Communist?
Rupert Macabee: Do I have to be a Communist to read Karl Marx?
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Alternate Versions

Original British prints run about five minutes longer than the version that was released in America in 1976. It is this American version that is available on video, but the British cut is available on disc. See more »


Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »


Weeping Willow
Written by Charles Chaplin
Played in the score
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No masterpiece but no disaster either.
27 June 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Someone once described "A King in New York" as the worst film ever made by a major artist. I can think of many worse examples and while this late Chaplin picture may lack the genius of his earlier work, (it was his penultimate film; he made it several years after "Limelight" and before "A Countess from Hong Kong"), it is an often very funny satire on what Chaplin perceived as 'the modern age'. Driven out of America by McCarthyism, Chaplin constructed his New York in a British studio and typical of its writer, director, star and composer it makes no apology for its attack on right-wing politics, in particular the HUAC, as well as television, Cinemascope and plastic surgery. It's also less sentimental than it might have been, (always Chaplin's biggest fault), but the plot involving a child played by Chaplin's own son Michael, does the film no favours. On the other hand, Chaplin himself is superb and Dawn Adams is surprisingly good as a television star. No masterpiece, then but not quite the disaster some people have said of it either.

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Release Date:

23 September 1957 (Sweden) See more »

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Production Co:

Attica Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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