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King, Queen, Knave (1972)

R | | Comedy | February 1977 (USA)
Adopted by his rich uncle from Germany, British teenager Frank falls in-love with his uncle's Italian wife Martha, and has conflicting feelings when she suggests he should kill his uncle in order to have her and the family fortune.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Vladimir Nabokov (novel), David Seltzer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Niven ... Charles Dreyer
Gina Lollobrigida ... Martha Dreyer
John Moulder-Brown ... Frank
Mario Adorf ... Prof. Ritter
Carl Duering ... Enricht (as Carl Fox-Duering)
Christine Schuberth ... Isolda
Erica Beer ... Frieda
Felicitas Peters Felicitas Peters ... Ida
Christopher Sandford ... Hofmann
Sonia Hoffman Sonia Hoffman ... Sonia (as Sonia Hofmann)
Barbara Valentin ... Optician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elma Karlowa ... Hanna
Mogens von Gadow Mogens von Gadow ... Piffke
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Storyline

On the death of his parents, Frank, a romantic teenager, moves in with his aunt and uncle He quickly falls in love with his beautiful, sophisticated aunt, Martha, and begins to fantasize about her. Frank is torn between his adolescent desires and his fondness for his Uncle Charles. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Based on a Vladimir Nabokov novel.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzbube See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

David Niven and director Jerzy Skolimowski planned to re-team immediately on " The Barbary Light " based on the Penelope Mortimer novel, but the failure of " King, Queen, Knave " led to its cancellation. See more »

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Referenced in Interview mit John Moulder-Brown (2017) See more »

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Voskin
written and performed by Tom Winter Jr.
electronics by Francis Monkman
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Understudying Jerry Lewis
10 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Once again between Gina Lollobrigida's buxom beauty and David Niven's considerable charms they're asked to shoulder a black comedy based on a Vladimir Nabokov novel in King Queen Knave. They just about get it over the finish line.

King Queen Knave finds David Niven and Gina Lollobrigida as a married couple who have a nephew coming to stay with them. John Moulder- Brown's parents have been killed and his uncle David has agreed to take him and train him in the business of which he will be heir. Moulder-Brown is a nerdy klutz and a disappointment to Niven and he's at first dismissed by Gina. But she soon finds a use for him as Moulder-Brown starts thinking with his male member and she obliges him.

Gina's got her own plans in regard to Niven whom she married when she was an Italian refugee and he was in the British army of occupation. But it all doesn't quite work out as she thought it would.

Niven and Lollobrigida are about what you expect from them. But Moulder-Brown who is a better actor than he shows in this film goes way over the top in his portrayal of a klutz. I think he must have prepared for the role by watching all the Jerry Lewis movies he could find. It really got too much after a while.

For a good film based on a Nabokov novel, try Lolita.


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