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The King Steps Out (1936)

Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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Sidney Buchman, Ernst Decsey (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Grace Moore ... Princess Elizabeth / Cissy (as Miss Grace Moore)
Franchot Tone ... Emperor Franz Josef
Walter Connolly ... Maximilian, Duke of Bavaria
Raymond Walburn ... Col. Von Kempen
Elisabeth Risdon ... Grand Duchess Sofia
Nana Bryant ... Louise
Victor Jory ... Capt. Palfi
Frieda Inescort ... Princess Helena
Thurston Hall ... Major
Herman Bing ... Pretzelberger
George Hassell George Hassell ... Herlicka
Johnny Arthur ... Chief of the Secret Police (as John Arthur)
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Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sissy See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Gwen Verdon. See more »

Goofs

The Emperor's carriage is unoccupied when it first appears entering the palace but is occupied when it stops. See more »

Quotes

Barker at Shooting Gallery: Well, we all know the emporer plays second fiddle.
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Soundtracks

The End Begins
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Copyright 1936 Carl Fischer, Inc.
Sung by Grace Moore
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Grace Moore, Franchot Tone & Walter Connolly
5 February 2011 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Grace Moore stars as a feisty younger daughter of the eccentric Duke of Bavaria (Walter Connolly) whose oldest daughter is off to Vienna to marry the Emperor (Franchot Tone). Moore follows along, masquerading as a dressmaker. The arranged royal marriage when Tone spies Moore and is smitten. The masquerade continues in a merry mix-up until the finale.

Moore is good here, light and comic, but the songs are all rather bland. Tone is handsome as the Emperor, and Connolly steals the show as the beer-guzzling duke. Co-stars include the wonderful Herman Bing as proprietor of the inn, Elisabeth Risdon as the Empress, Nana Bryant as the mother, Frieda Inescort as Helena, Victor Jory as Palfi, Eve Southern as the fortune teller, and Johnny Arthur as the inept chief of police. Others include Thurston Hall, Raymond Walburn, Al Shean, E.E. Clive, William Hopper, and George Hassell.

Moore had a hit-or-miss 9-film career in the 30s, She flopped badly in her 1930 debut in A LADY'S MORALS but had a big hit and an Oscar nomination for ONE NIGHT OF LOVE in 1934.

And yes, Broadway Superstar Gwen Verdon made her film debut here as a ballerina. She was 11 years old.


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