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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:

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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 original play, "Jean," opened in Vienna, Austria, on 23 December 1936. An English adaptation called "The Lady Has a Heart" by Edward Roberts, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 26 September 1937 and closed in December 1937 after 91 performances. The opening cast included Elissa Landi as Countess Katrina, Vincent Price as Jean (name changed to Johann in the movie), and Lumsden Hare as Count Albert. 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

Count Albert Sandor: Johann, will you kindly break my neck?
Johann Porok: With pleasure, your excellency.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance No.4 in F Sharp
(1873) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played by an unidentified violinist at the charity party
Reprised by an orchestra for dance music at Katrina and Georg's ball
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The divine Annabella
17 August 2015 | by stateoftheunionSee all my reviews

This is a most delightful movie in every sense. And one that deserves to be known far better than it is. The story of a conscientious butler who works for the Prime Minister of his country, Hungry, but, unknown to his employer, has political aspirations of his own.

This is a wonderfully witty script that never flags. And such a fine cast. William Powell is irrepressible as ever as the caring butler who however isn't afraid to speak his mind in parliament when leading his party in opposition to his employer played by Henry Stevenson, whose wry amusement when Powell's character criticises him in front of everybody in Parliament is hilarious.

But the real revelation here is Annabella, who is simply sparkling as the Baroness, who is also the Prime Minister's daughter. Not only is she very beautiful but also a fine actress. Annabella is so vibrant and expressive in this part that she is just a joy to watch in every scene she plays, especially in those with Powell. They had great chemistry. And it would have been nice to see more of them together.

It seems like Zanuck tried to wreck Annabella's career when she became involved with Tyrone Power. What a sad mistake on Zanuck's part as one can clearly see from this movie that Annabella had a style and panache that would surely have made her a great star. This movie is excellent entertainment and well worth seeing.


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