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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irish and Proud of It See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The ship they are all sailing on to France is apparently the Ile de France, though whether her cabins and decks looked like those portrayed in the film is anyone's guess. 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

There's a Love Song in the Air
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Sanders
Lyrics by Bernie Grossman
Sung by Guy Robertson and the marching mop ladies
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Oddball imaginary kingdom comedy with songs
22 January 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Musical producer Kelly (Guy Robertson) and assistant Happy (Edgar Kennedy) learn mid-ocean voyage that their show has been cancelled. Through some quick trading with businessman Franklin Pangborn (who has his eye on one of the chorus girls), they unload the show and receive in return a handful of cash and the rights to manage business dealings of the small kingdom of Belgardia. What they don't know is that a) Belgardia is broke, and b) the girl Kelly has fallen in love with on the ship is the princess of said small kingdom.

The shipboard segment of this movie is fairly standard—light comedy that's pleasant but not remarkable in any way. Once the action reaches Belgardia, things get very nutty.

The Belgardian king is an unprepossessing little guy who goes out alone on bike rides in the country, crashes his bike, stands on the side of the road trying to flag down passing cars, and moaning "But I'm the king" when no one stops. Ferdinand Gottschalk is very funny.

Irene Ware is the princess who had been traveling incognito on the ship; she and Kelly each don't know the other is in the kingdom until a clever scene in which he tries—through a closed door—to talk her into marrying a rich prince of a neighboring kingdom. Needless to say, that plan is eventually nixed.

As best I can discover, Guy Robertson was a stage actor who appeared in Broadway musicals. He sings a handful of songs in this picture—which is apparently the only movie he ever made. He does quite well as the fast talking leading man whose plan to rescue the kingdom from the brink of foreclosure is basically to turn the palace into Coney Island.

Oh, the reason Belgardia is broke? Their only product has always been mops… and now everyone has a vacuum cleaner. --All in all, it's good, wacky fun.


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