The Royal Bed (1931)

72-73 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 January 1931

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writer:

J. Walter Ruben

Producer:

William LeBaron

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film was also produced in a French-language version - see record for Echec au roi . In 1935, the HR reported that a Lux Radio Theater version of the play was to air on 30 Dec ... More Less

This film was also produced in a French-language version - see record for Echec au roi . In 1935, the HR reported that a Lux Radio Theater version of the play was to air on 30 Dec 1935. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Feb 31
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 35
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Dec 30
p. 28.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jan 31
p. 31, 58
Motion Picture Herald
21 Mar 31
p. 92.
New York Times
31 Jan 31
p. 15.
Variety
4 Feb 31
p. 16.
Variety
4 Aug 31
p. 21.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Le roi s'ennuie
Release Date:
15 January 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 December 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1887
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-73
Length(in feet):
6,480
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

More interested in playing checkers with the servants than in governing his people, King Eric VIII is dominated by Martha, his queen, a humorless woman who believes in doing her royal duty above all else. Her daughter, Princess Anne, however, loves commoner Freddie Granton, the king's secretary, and refuses to marry her mother's political choice, the foppish Prince William. After the queen leaves for a promotional tour of America, a long-fomenting revolution erupts on the night of Anne's birthday ball, and the palace is bombed. The king agrees to meet with the revolution's leader and, after hearing his cause, promises him that if the revolutionaries lay down their arms, he will oust General Northrup, the powerful, dictatorial premier. After some manipulation and collaboration, the king rids the country of Northrup, while insuring better living conditions for his subjects. With the uprising squelched and the queen back from America, Anne's wedding to William proceeds as planned, though under protest from the princess. Minutes before the ceremony, however, the rejuvenated king, in final defiance of his wife, secretly marries Anne and Freddie himself and arranges for their passage to common ... +


More interested in playing checkers with the servants than in governing his people, King Eric VIII is dominated by Martha, his queen, a humorless woman who believes in doing her royal duty above all else. Her daughter, Princess Anne, however, loves commoner Freddie Granton, the king's secretary, and refuses to marry her mother's political choice, the foppish Prince William. After the queen leaves for a promotional tour of America, a long-fomenting revolution erupts on the night of Anne's birthday ball, and the palace is bombed. The king agrees to meet with the revolution's leader and, after hearing his cause, promises him that if the revolutionaries lay down their arms, he will oust General Northrup, the powerful, dictatorial premier. After some manipulation and collaboration, the king rids the country of Northrup, while insuring better living conditions for his subjects. With the uprising squelched and the queen back from America, Anne's wedding to William proceeds as planned, though under protest from the princess. Minutes before the ceremony, however, the rejuvenated king, in final defiance of his wife, secretly marries Anne and Freddie himself and arranges for their passage to common freedom. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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