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King Kelly of the U.S.A. (1934)

A theatrical troupe headed by a flashy showman finds itself in the tiny--and bankrupt--kingdom of Belgardia. The showman falls in love with the daughter of the dotty king, who has promised her to another. Complications ensue.

Director:

Leonard Fields

Writers:

George C. Bertholon (original story) (as George Bertholon), Howard Higgin (original story) (as Howard Higgins) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Robertson ... James W. Kelly
Edgar Kennedy ... Happy Moran
Irene Ware ... Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... King Maxmilian of Belgardia
Franklin Pangborn ... J. Ashton Brockton
Joyce Compton ... Maxine Latour
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Stranger (as Wm. L. von Brincken)
Otis Harlan ... Prime Minister
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... Rodney
William Orlamond ... Prince Alexis
Bodil Rosing ... Sylvia, Tania's Chaperone
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Storyline

A theatrical troupe headed by a flashy showman finds itself in the tiny--and bankrupt--kingdom of Belgardia. The showman falls in love with the daughter of the dotty king, who has promised her to another. Complications ensue.

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Monogram Presents a Great Box-Office Star in His Film Debut


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irish and Proud of It See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City took place Wednesday 10 May 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). It may have been also shown the night before on WPIX's Night Owl Theatre as well, but conflicting documentation cannot confirm this. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister: [From offscreen] But, your Highness...!
Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell: [Also from offscreen] No, no! Get out of here!
Prime Minister: But, Princess...!
Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell: Get out of here, I said!
[She shoves the Prime Minister out the door, where he staggers onscreen backwards and lands flat on his bottom]
Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell: You can take those beads back and tell that ruler I wouldn't marry him if he was the last man on earth!
Prime Minister: Oh-h, b-bu-but your father, the King would be-!
Princess Tania aka Catherine Bell: I don't want to hear anymore about it! And you can tell my father the King if he comes up here I'll ruin our...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Right Next Door to Love
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Sanders
Lyrics by Bernie Grossman
Sung by Guy Robertson
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A Crazy Comedy Without Crazy Comics
27 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Guy Robertson, along with sidekick Edgar Kennedy, is taking his Kelly's Affairs all-girl troupe to Europe, while wooing Princess Irene Ware of Bellgardia, who is traveling incognito. He discovers he can't get work permits. Franklin Pangborn, an efficiency expert who has just discovered that his contract with Bellgardia is worthless, trades his contract to Robertson in return for the troupe. When Kelly figures out the situation, he turns the kingdom into an amusement park. This annoys Irene.

It's clearly intended to be a crazy comedy like the Marx Brothers or Wheeler & Woolsey. The trouble is that the two guys are not crazy comics. Kennedy is a character comedian and Robertson is a crooner. They give it their best, but it lacks the essential wackiness of crazy comedies: people react naturally to these shenanigans, instead of thinking that things are normal -- except for Felix Gottschalk, as the king. He seems a bit cracked himself.

The three songs that Robertson sings are adequate and unmemorable.


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