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A half-caste beauty emigrates from India to Great Britain, pursues fame and fortune at the cost of personal happiness, and becomes a Hollywood movie star while suppressing the truth of her heritage.




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Series cast summary:
Joss Ackland ...  Sir Burton Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
Martin Balsam ...  Marty 2 episodes, 1987
Claire Bloom ...  Vicky Kelley 2 episodes, 1987
Gary Cady Gary Cady ...  Lucien Chambrun 2 episodes, 1987
John Carlin John Carlin ...  James 2 episodes, 1987
Ernest Clark ...  Sir Philip 2 episodes, 1987
Rosalie Crutchley ...  Grandmother 2 episodes, 1987
Kate Emma Davies Kate Emma Davies ...  Young Queenie 2 episodes, 1987
Kirk Douglas ...  David Konig 2 episodes, 1987
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ...  Prunella Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
Joel Grey ...  Aaron Diamond 2 episodes, 1987
John Grillo ...  Johan Krauss 2 episodes, 1987
Leigh Lawson ...  Uncle Morgan 2 episodes, 1987
Sarah Miles ...  Lady Sybil 2 episodes, 1987
Albert Moses ...  Inspector Gopal 2 episodes, 1987
Abigail Painter Abigail Painter ...  Bully Leader 2 episodes, 1987
Geoffrey Rose ...  Mr. Pugh 2 episodes, 1987
Mia Sara ...  Dawn Avalon / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Rob Spendlove Rob Spendlove ...  Dickie 2 episodes, 1987
Godfrey Talbot Godfrey Talbot ...  Joss 2 episodes, 1987
Topol ...  Dimitri Goldner 2 episodes, 1987


In the early 20th century colonial India, young beautiful Anglo-Indian girl Queenie, who easily passes for white, lives with her caring Indian mother and stepfather. However, the local British aristocracy considers her tainted and often makes her life miserable. Her stepfather works as a sax player in the local elite British club which pays so well that his family can afford to enjoy the typical western upper middle class lifestyle. Unfortunately, Queenie's life is anything but easy and it's only getting harder. She's constantly bullied at the local British school for girls she attends by her racist female peers. The old creepy pastor who teaches the girls religion as well as English offers her some private lessons. Racially charged riots break out and her family's home is attacked. Corrupt racist British official and dirty old man Sir Burton Rumsey blackmails her for sex after he catches her stepfather with his socialite wife. Eventually, Queenie and her stepfather are forced to ...

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Release Date:

1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El color del éxito See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"Queenie" is based upon the life of the great actress, Merle Oberon. Merle's first husband was Alexander Korda, uncle of Michael Korda who wrote Queenie. See more »


Version of The Trouble with Merle (2002) See more »

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Queenie's ethnicity
30 July 2014 | by doglove3See all my reviews

Contrary to some of the comments regarding Queenie's character and ethnicity, I wish to clarify this. Queenie, (or Merle Oberon)was not a "Eurasian". There is a vast difference between someone who is Eurasian to that of an Anglo Indian in British India. Her mother in real life was of Indian heritage whilst her father was British. If her father was from another country that would have made the family "Eurasian". I say this not for any political reasons but for historic accuracy.

I found this film most enjoyable and entertaining.The acting is superb all around. Having seen it sometime ago, I was thrilled to be able to purchase the DVD on Amazon recently.

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