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The King's Vacation (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 February 1933 (USA)
A king finds himself with no purpose in his reign, abdicates his throne to return to the wife and child he left many years ago when he was called to duty to be the king of his country.


John G. Adolfi


Ernest Pascal (screenplay and dialogue), Maude T. Howell (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... King Phillip
Marjorie Gateson ... Helen Everhardt
Dudley Digges ... Count Raven - Lord Chamberlain
Patricia Ellis ... Millicent Everhardt
Florence Arliss ... Queen Margaret
Dick Powell ... John Kent
O.P. Heggie ... Joel Thorpe
Vernon Steele ... Mac Barstow
James Bell ... Anderson


Philip (George Arliss), a monarch of eighteen years standing, suddenly decides he would like to abdicate in favor of the simple life. Eighteen years earlier he was married morganatically to a pretty young woman, Helen (Marjorie Gateson), whom he was forced to divorce if he wanted to be the king. Now, with the permission of his second wife, Queen Margaret (Florence Arliss) who hints that she, too, has a lover to whom she can return, Philip journeys to France where he meets up with his former spouse only to discover that, although she has not remarried, she lives in the very king opulent splendor he is trying to avoid. He returns to Margaret, who has taken a small house without servants, and, as her boast of a former liaison was not true, it is clear that the couple will see out the rest of their lives together. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thirty years on the same throne...and the King got sore! (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

25 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor na Corte See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The King's Vacation" had its world premiere January 19, 1933 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It was the second film ever to play at the Music Hall, the first having been "The Bitter Tea of General Yen" a week earlier. See more »


Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Played during the opening credits and often as background music as a leitmotif for the love of the king and queen
Played on piano twice by Florence Arliss
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Arliss is the clever, gentle giant once again
3 October 2016 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

George Arliss again plays the gentle giant in this short -ish film from Warner Brothers. He starts out as the King Phillip, but after an assassination attempt, steps down to what he thinks will be a quiet, private life. This was a strategic move, to avoid much bloodshed in the revolution that he sees coming ahead. Arliss had made a few silent films, and of course won the Oscar for his "Disreali" role. Marjorie Gateson is Helen who has her own plans in the works. After Arliss abdicates, things don't go according to plan... or at least according to HIS plans. His former wife has things all mapped out for him... which is a little confusing. Phillip catches his new fiancée in a lie, and will have to sort things out. Florence Arliss, George's real life wife, plays Margaret. The royalty aspect plays a small role here, and Phillip actually could have had any occupation, but I guess the fact that he was king adds a sense of loyalty and duty to the profession. It's an okay story. No real issues, but nothing too exciting. Directed by John Adolfi. He and Arliss worked together on seven films, but sadly, Adolfi died quite young at 52.

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