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Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 1934 (USA)
A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director:

Marion Gering

Writers:

Preston Sturges (screenplay), Frank Partos (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Sidney ... Nancy Lane / Princess Catterina
Cary Grant ... Porter Madison III
Edward Arnold ... Richard M. Gresham
Henry Stephenson ... King Anatol XII
Vince Barnett ... Count Nicholaus
Edgar Norton ... Baron Passeria
Ray Walker ... Dan Kirk
Lucien Littlefield ... Parker
Robert McWade ... Managing Editor
George Baxter ... Donald Spottswood
Marguerite Namara Marguerite Namara ... Lady in Waiting
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On a visit to a spa in the Ruritanian Kingdom of Tyronia, American financier Richard Gresham meets the country's ruler, King Anatol XII, and convinces him that he could arrange for $50 million dollars in loans to benefit his impoverished nation if the king's charming daughter could do reciprocal public relations in the States. Unfortunately Princess Catterina falls ill with the mumps and is quarantined for a month aboard ship. Rather than risk having his very lucrative endorsement deal fall through, Gresham hires out-of-work lookalike actress Nancy Lane to impersonate Catterina. Complications arise when she falls in love with investigative reporter Porter Madison, who is looking into Nancy Lane's disappearance. She tries to maintain the precariously delicate balance of playing the two parts convincingly with both the loan and her heart at stake. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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HER REIGN WAS SENSATIONALLY SHORT BUT SHE GOT A LOT DONE! (Print ad- Endicott Bulletin, ((Endicott, NY)) 27 July 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

30 Dias Princesa 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. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Ashville, North Carolina Monday 17 August 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13); its following airings were infrequent but interest in seeing Cary Grant in one of his earlier roles in an otherwise obscure film, eventually brought it out of the vaults in Omaha 2 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Des Moines 8 March 1960 on WHO (Channel 13), in Johnstown 16 June 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Detroit 2 December 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 19 April 2016 as one of 18 [Paramount] films in Universal's Cary Grant - The Vault Collection. See more »

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King Anatol: It's extraordinary how much you look like Zizi! Tell me, have you any royal blood in your veins?
Princess Catterina: I don't think so, Your Majesty.
King Anatol: Well, my dear, one can never tell.
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gee, who knew Sylvia Sidney was ever that young
31 December 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Sylvia Sidney stars with Cary Grant in Thirty Day Princess, a 1934 film directed by Marion Gering with a script by Preston Sturges and others. The movie also features Edward Arnold and Henry Stephenson.

Arnold plays Richard Gresham, a banker who wants to float a $50 million loan to the small country of Taronia, but in order to have the public look favorably upon it, he wants the King's daughter, Princess Catterina (Sidney), to do a tour of the United States, talk about her country, and get the press to like her. Unfortunately, when Catterina arrives, she comes down with the mumps and will be out of commission for a month. Gresham launches a search for a lookalike and eventually hires a poverty-stricken actress, Nancy Lane (Sidney) for the role. At her first reception, Nancy meets Gresham's nemesis, newspaper publisher Porter Madison III, who is against the loan. Do I have to tell you what happens? Right, he and Nancy fall for one another.

Very cute, light comedy with this unusual romantic and dual role for Sidney, who for some reason played poor women a lot. My generation knew Sidney as an older and old woman, and Sidney was one who didn't seem to fool around with plastic surgery. Her distinctive smoker's voice and her wonderful acting lifted many a TV show. Here, in some scenes, she actually reminds me of Gene Tierney! She looks lovely and wears the princess' gowns beautifully.

Sidney plays well with the handsome (and also very young) Grant, who was her costar in Madam Butterfly. Grant's iconic persona was not yet developed; for a time, he had the usual leading man roles. He acquits himself beautifully. Entertainment Weekly named him the #7 greatest film star of all time. To me, he was, and always will be, #1. Few actors had the longevity of popularity and good taste in roles and films he chose to do, and no one had his style.

Very enjoyable film, and great to see these stars so young and fresh.


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