King Kelly of the U.S.A. (1934)

64 or 66 mins | Romantic comedy | 15 September 1934

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HISTORY

The film includes an animated sequence in which "Kelly," tongue-tied as he tries to tell "Tania" how he feels about her, draws a stage and two characters. As "Kelly" sings a love song to "Tania," the camera cuts between the live-action actors and the animated characters. According to a 6 Jul 1934 DV news item, Monogram moved its headquarters to RKO-Pathé Studios in Culver City, CA, on 5 Jul 1934. Although the same item referred to Monogram's previous headquarters as "Metropolitan" and noted that two-days' worth of shooting on King Kelly were to be done there, a HR news item indicated that the production was to be shot at General Service Studios in Hollywood. Other contemporary sources list General Service Studios as Monogram's prior location. Writer Howard Higgin's surname is spelled "Higgins" in the onscreen credits. Var incorrectly reviewed the film as Kelly of the U.S.A. ... More Less

The film includes an animated sequence in which "Kelly," tongue-tied as he tries to tell "Tania" how he feels about her, draws a stage and two characters. As "Kelly" sings a love song to "Tania," the camera cuts between the live-action actors and the animated characters. According to a 6 Jul 1934 DV news item, Monogram moved its headquarters to RKO-Pathé Studios in Culver City, CA, on 5 Jul 1934. Although the same item referred to Monogram's previous headquarters as "Metropolitan" and noted that two-days' worth of shooting on King Kelly were to be done there, a HR news item indicated that the production was to be shot at General Service Studios in Hollywood. Other contemporary sources list General Service Studios as Monogram's prior location. Writer Howard Higgin's surname is spelled "Higgins" in the onscreen credits. Var incorrectly reviewed the film as Kelly of the U.S.A. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22-Sep-34
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Daily Variety
6 Jul 34
p. 1
Film Daily
11 Sep 34
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 34
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 34
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Aug 34
p. 16.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Sep 34
pp. 24-25.
Variety
18 Dec 34
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Trem Carr, Vice-President; A George Bertholon Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
Chief grip
Props
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Right Next Door to Love," "There's a Love Song in the Air" and "Believe Me," music by Joe Sanders, lyrics by Bernie Grossman.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1934
Production Date:
6 July--13 July 1934 at General Service Studios and RKO Pathé Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4936
Physical Properties:
Sound
Balsley & Phillips Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
191
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

James "King" Kelly, his friend, practical joker Happy Moran, and the girls of "Kelly's Affairs of 1934," are on an ocean liner bound for Paris, where they have a performing engagement. On board, Kelly meets and falls in love with Catherine, who is in reality Princess Tania of Belgardia and is traveling incognito with her maid, Sylvia. At the same time, T. Ashmore Brockton, an efficiency expert traveling to Belgardia with his secretary, Rodney, falls in love with Maxine, one of Kelly's troop. Brockton sends Rodney to buy Maxine's contract from Kelly, but Kelly refuses to sell it. After Brockton and Kelly both receive telegrams cancelling their business plans in Europe, each decides to swindle the other by switching their now worthless contracts. Kelly, posing as the efficiency expert, arrives in Belgardia, where he finds that the country is bankrupt, owes a large debt to Prince Alexis of neighboring Morovia, and has as its only asset a stock of mops that are worthless because women prefer vacuums. To generate revenue for the country, Kelly uses American salesmanship techniques to peddle the mops and opens the royal palace to tourist trade. Then, Kelly, who is still unaware that Princess Tania is really his love Catherine, has King Maximilian, her father, arrange a marriage for her with Prince Alexis as a way of cancelling the debt to Morovia. Tania, who is in love with Kelly, refuses to marry the elderly Alexis until she discovers that the arrangement was Kelly's idea. Now apprised of Tania's identity, Kelly looks for ways to raise money to pay back the debt and nullify the engagement. "Personality Mops," as ... +


James "King" Kelly, his friend, practical joker Happy Moran, and the girls of "Kelly's Affairs of 1934," are on an ocean liner bound for Paris, where they have a performing engagement. On board, Kelly meets and falls in love with Catherine, who is in reality Princess Tania of Belgardia and is traveling incognito with her maid, Sylvia. At the same time, T. Ashmore Brockton, an efficiency expert traveling to Belgardia with his secretary, Rodney, falls in love with Maxine, one of Kelly's troop. Brockton sends Rodney to buy Maxine's contract from Kelly, but Kelly refuses to sell it. After Brockton and Kelly both receive telegrams cancelling their business plans in Europe, each decides to swindle the other by switching their now worthless contracts. Kelly, posing as the efficiency expert, arrives in Belgardia, where he finds that the country is bankrupt, owes a large debt to Prince Alexis of neighboring Morovia, and has as its only asset a stock of mops that are worthless because women prefer vacuums. To generate revenue for the country, Kelly uses American salesmanship techniques to peddle the mops and opens the royal palace to tourist trade. Then, Kelly, who is still unaware that Princess Tania is really his love Catherine, has King Maximilian, her father, arrange a marriage for her with Prince Alexis as a way of cancelling the debt to Morovia. Tania, who is in love with Kelly, refuses to marry the elderly Alexis until she discovers that the arrangement was Kelly's idea. Now apprised of Tania's identity, Kelly looks for ways to raise money to pay back the debt and nullify the engagement. "Personality Mops," as Kelly's enterprise is now known, sponsors Kelly on a radio show as "The Voice of Romance." Mop sales soar as the women of Belgardia respond to the new crooner. When Alexis arrives to claim his bride, Maximilian tells him the wedding is off, even though he used the money to buy more mops instead of paying off the loan. When Alexis' threat to kill Kelly is heard over the radio network, the women of Belgardia come to the palace armed with their mops to save Kelly. Kelly and Tania then are reconciled with each other. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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