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All the King's Horses (1935)

Movie star changes places with a king who looks exactly like him, causing complications for all concerned.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Laurence Clark (play), Max Giersberg (play) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Carl Brisson ... King Rudolf XIV / Carlo Rocco
Mary Ellis ... Elaine, the Queen of Langenstein
Edward Everett Horton ... Count Josef 'Peppi' von Schlapstaat
Katherine DeMille ... Fraülein Mimi
Eugene Pallette ... Conrad Q. Conley
Arnold Korff ... Baron Kraemer, Lord Chamberlain
Marina Koshetz ... Steffi (as Marina Schubert)
Rosita ... Ilonka
Stanley Andrews ... Count Batthy
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Storyline

King Rudolf XIV of Langenstein, is too busy to make love to his wife, Queen Elaine of Langenstein, and good Queen Elaine is upset royally about it. She departs the palace and tells him she will not return until he learns how to make love to her,and, as a parting shot, until he also shaves off his ancestral beard. Too much of one thing and not enough of another. As often happens in Langenstein, an Hollywood actor, Carlo Rocco, who is an exact double for the king, shows up, and the King naturally hires him to take his place while the King goes to Vienna to learn how to live and make love. (Vienna?). Carlo not only is a good actor and capable replacement for, ere long, the Queen falls madly in love with a man she thinks is her husband. Plus, he has learned how to sing. (Pre-code film.) Written by Anonymous

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ROMANTIC MUSICAL DRAMA! (original poster)


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjerter Konge See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Soundtracks

A King Can Do No Wrong
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Music by Edward Horan
Lyrics by Frederik Herendeen
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A Pleasant Bit of Nonsense
4 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Hollywood star Carl Brisson is visiting his homeland of Langenstein. He is commanded to a private audience with the King, also played by Carl Brisson. The Queen, Mary Ellis, has been complaining that the King's beard scratches and Carl talks Carl into shaving it off. Waddayaknow, they're twins! The King decides to take a vacation in Vienna as the star, accompanied by Edward Everett Horton (surely not everyone's first choice). The star masquerades as the King, while his manager, Eugene Pallette balances the budget. The Queen, not being in on the gag, is pleased with her non-scratching consort.

It's an agreeable potpourri of operetta, Ruritanian romance and colatura singing by Miss Ellis, who had starred at the Metropolitan opera before she decided it was easier to be a straight actress. Mr. Brisson was also a good choice for a role that might have gone to Chevalier a year or two earlier. Although he is best remembered for being in a couple of late silent Hitchcock movies and being Rosalind Russell's father-in-law, he had begin as a song-and-dance man in Denmark, and his big number at the end, "Dancing the Viennese", got choreographer Leroy Prinz an Oscar nomination.

It's a pleasant and unremarkable piece of fluff that did no one's career any particular good or harm. Brisson and Ellis returned to the stage. Director Frank Tuttle continued working for another quarter of a century, including helming Alan Ladd's breakout film. I enjoyed it.


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