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The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 27 March 1937 (USA)
Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with... See full summary »

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Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fernand Gravey ... Alfred Bruger VII (as Fernand Gravet)
Joan Blondell ... Miss Dorothy Ellis
Edward Everett Horton ... Count Humbert Evel Bruger
Alan Mowbray ... Donald Taylor
Mary Nash ... Duchess Anna of Elberfield
Jane Wyman ... Babette Latour
Luis Alberni ... Gaston
Kenny Baker ... Folies Bergère Soloist
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Folies Bergère Entertainer (as Shaw)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Folies Bergère Entertainer (as Lee)
Lionel Pape ... Prof. Kornish
Leonard Mudie ... Footman
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Concierge (as Adrian Roseley)
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Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with enough money to live an idle life in Paris with dozens of servants. He hasn't seen daylight in years; he prefers instead to drink himself into a stupor regularly. He's phenomenally bored, and a routine trip to a tedious cabaret finds a chorus girl flirting with him. He calls her to his apartment, apparently to seduce her as he's done many times before, but when she comes, he's passed out. Her outrage gives Humbert and Anna the idea that might bring Alfred out of his unhappy ennui - tell him she didn't come, and have her act as though he weren't so important after all. He of course pursues her with vigor and is snapped out of his apathy. But what happens if she falls in love with him? Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Passion See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The script was co-authored by Groucho Marx and his dry wit is often present. This was his first on-screen credit for a film not involving the Marx Brothers. See more »

Goofs

When Alfred catches up with Dorothy after her show, they turn a corner and a moving shadow of the person holding the boom microphone is briefly visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Folies Bergère Entertainer (Sam Lee): Say, by the way, have you traveled much?
Folies Bergère Entertainer (Al Shaw): Have I traveled? I've traveled all over the world.
Folies Bergère Entertainer (Sam Lee): You have? Well, tell me, while you were in Italy, did you touch France?
Folies Bergère Entertainer (Al Shaw): No, but I got two dollars from Mabel.
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Crazy Credits

Although there is no onscreen directorial credit, the card "A Mervyn LeRoy Production" carries the presumption that LeRoy directed as well as produced, in the manner of early Fox films. See more »

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Featured in Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) See more »

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For You
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Kenny Baker
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Joan Blondell Looked Beautiful
25 April 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this classic 1937 film which was a very cute comedy about a King played by Fernand Gravet,(Alfred Bruger VII) who falls in love with a chorus girl played by Joan Blondell, (Miss Dorothy Ellis). Alfred Bruger the King fell in love almost immediately after viewing her as a chorus girl and wound up taking her to his home and she locked him in his own bedroom and would not let him out. There is plenty of comical games being played between this couple and they both fall deeply in love with each other. The King even hires an entire cruise ship to capture Dorothy Ellis in an effort to propose to her and never let her get away. Edward Everett Horton,(Count Humbert Evel Bruger) gave a great supporting role and added plenty of comedy in many scenes. If you look close, you will see Jane Wyman, (the former wife of President Ronald Regan).


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